Strawberry Full Moon coming tomorrow!

12 Feb 2021
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On 5 and 6 June, the Strawberry Full Moon will pass through the Earth's faint outer shadow, known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, this year's second of four penumbral lunar eclipses. Weather permitting, those of you in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, and the South-Eastern regions of South America may notice the Moon becoming slightly darker, or appear less bright, during the eclipse 's maximum phase. A penumbral lunar eclipse can be subtle and can be hard to distinguish from a normal full moon.

While the Strawberry Full Moon eclipse of June can be observable from beginning to end from some locations – a total of 3 hours 18 minutes – other places may only see the Moon rising or fall during the eclipse. Unfortunately, this event will happen below their horizon for North America and most of South America.

When the Earth aligns between the Full Moon and the Sun, a lunar eclipse occurs which prevents the rays of the Sun from reaching the Full Moon.

A complete eclipse happens as much of the Moon's surface is covered by Earths umbra – the main, dark portion of its shadow. During a partial eclipse, Earth's umbra obscures only a portion of the Moon's surface. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the faint penumbral, outer shadow of Earth falls on the Moon, like the one we experienced on January 10th and is what the remaining three lunar eclipses will be on June 5th, July 5th, and November 31st, this year.

The early North American indigenous peoples kept note of the seasons and lunar months by calling them at that period according to events. June's Full Moon is either the spring's last full moon or the summer's first called the "Strawberry Moon." The name originated with Algonquin tribes in eastern North America, according to The Old Farmer 's Almanac – and was used as a signal for gathering the maturing wild strawberries. Some of the indigenous moon names were adopted by colonial Americans and applied to their own calendar system – which is still used today.

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