A full "strawberry moon" arrives on Friday and will be accompanied by an unremarkable partial solar eclipse for some parts of the world. While the moon is at its fullest on Friday around noon PT, there are several ways to enjoy the view. The moon will still look full from early Thursday morning to early Sunday morning, NASA said in a press release on Monday.
North America will miss the solar eclipse, but the Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the moon event from Italy live over a view of the earth Rome skyline. Mark your noon PT calendar on Friday June 5th and visit the project's Web TV page to get involved.
A penumbra eclipse is much more subtle than a total eclipse. The moon glides through the outer (penumbra) shadow of the earth, which can cause the moon to darken slightly. If you didn't know it was happening, you might miss it. A partial penumbra eclipse like the one on Friday makes it even more difficult to tell the difference.
However, the inhabitants of the moon would notice the effects. "With spacecraft on the moon like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the reduction in solar energy is noticeable," said NASA.
Unfortunately, the nickname "strawberry" for the full moon in June does not refer to one color, but seems to be an old reference to the strawberry harvest time. NASA's Gordon Johnston has compiled a list of alternative names for this month's moon, including Met Moon, Honey Moon, Hot Moon, and Planting Moon.
Even if the solar eclipse is too weak to recognize it, you can take a moment to sunbathe the light of a beautiful full moon this week.
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