Every month there is a full moon and each of them has a special name for themselves. This name was given to them centuries ago by Native Americans. June 2020’s full moon is called a Strawberry Moon and this month we will also have a lunar eclipse along with the full moon.
The penumbral lunar eclipse will bring some change in the energy in the world, and whether it’s positive or negative, is completely up to an individual. How we utilize a push in motivation is up to an individual.
Just after sunset, on June 5, the full moon will show up in the sky if we look to the southeast. The moon should appear large and with a hue of gold. It will reach peak illumination at 3.12 pm ET, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
The June full moon was given the name of Strawberry since it was around this time that the eponymous fruit was picked. Not just strawberries, but all kinds of fruits were being picked during this time. The name originated with Algonquin tribes in eastern North America. They knew it to be the sign to start gathering ripening fruit of wild strawberries.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is directly aligned between the Sun and the Moon. However, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. The Earth stops some of the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon’s surface directly.
Our planet also covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra. It might be difficult to tell a full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse as the penumbra is much fainter than the dark core of the Earth’s shadow, the umbra, according to Time and Date.
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The lunar eclipse might be visible during the maximum phase of the eclipse, from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. People will be able to see the Moon’s surface turn slightly darker than usual, as per Telegraph. The eclipse won’t be visible in North America. It is the last full moon of spring and the first of summer.
This full moon has other names too. It is also called Rose Moon, Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and Hot Moon, due to the warm weather. This full moon coincides with the month of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (June 20) in which we can enjoy 16 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds of daylight.
Unlike solar eclipses, which can be observed from a very narrow path, lunar eclipses can be seen from every part of the world where it is nighttime when the eclipse happens.
June will also have a solar eclipse on June 21. The annular phase of this solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and northern India; and China. An annular solar eclipse is one where the Moon covers the Sun’s center so that only the outer edge of the star is visible as a ring of fire or annulus around the Moon, according to Time and Date.
These solar eclipses happen only there is a New Moon, and at the same time the Moon is at (or very near) a lunar node, so the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are aligned in a straight (or nearly straight) line. Also, the Moon should be at the farthest point from the Earth, which is called apogee. When this happens, only the outer edge of the Sun is visible as a ring.
Don’t look at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without protection like eclipse glasses. The Sun’s powerful rays can burn human retinas leading to eye damage, even blindness. A safe way to watch a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses. Alternatively, you can also project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.