Like anyone else who looks to the night sky occasionally, at Broadsheet we enjoy a good meteor shower, eclipse or even just a larger-than-average moon. But the color may appear darker or slightly reddish for skywatchers in Europe and Asia due to a partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon.
Lunar eclipse explained: During a lunar eclipse, the positioning of the Earth, Moon and the Sun is such that the Earth comes in between the other two and at one point, it is capable of blocking all the sun's light eventually leading to the Moon being overshadowed.
There are three types of eclipses: total, partial and penumbral. In total, the Earth blocks all the light which lets it hard to see the moon.
Though North America will miss the eclipse, the Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the lunar event from above the Rome skyline on its website.
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"The penumbral eclipse will begin at 22:46 PST on June 5, 2020, and end at 02:04 PST on June 6, 2020, with the peak of the eclipse visible at 00:25 PST on June 6, 2020", read the statement.
Why is this Full Moon called a Strawberry Moon? This will the second lunar eclipse of the year 2020 after a similar phenomenon took place in January.
Sometimes. But Strawberry Moons are not necessarily red or pink in color just because they occur in June.
The eclipse was only visible in parts of the world, including parts of Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia... but excluding the USA. The total Solar Eclipse can only be seen from a small area on the Earth. The moon was at its absolute fullest on Friday afternoon, June 5, at 3:12 p.m in the Eastern Time Zone of the United States. After today, a solar eclipse will happen on June 21 followed by another lunar eclipse next month on July 4-5. At most, expect to see a slight shading on the southern limb of the Moon at maximum eclipse. The reason for this is that its central one - the June 20 annular eclipse - is very central, very close to the season's theoretical midst.