Sydney Will Be Treated To A 'Strawberry Moon' Eclipse On Saturday Morning


Skies in Israel and around much of the globe were lit up Friday night with what is affectionately known as a "strawberry moon".

A penumbral lunar eclipse can be a bit hard to see as the shadowed part is only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon. This full moon will bring about a partial penumbral eclipse - when the moon passes through Earth's outer shadow.

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The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon's Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.

And for those in North America, the penumbral lunar eclipse won't be visible because the moon becomes full during daylight hours when it's below the horizon. Coincidentally, the June full moon is joined by a lunar eclipse that will start at 11:15pm IST on June 5 and end at 2:34am on June 6. At this point, the full moon will darken to quite an extent and also dramatically redden.

But, first things first to avoid disappointment and confusion: The Moon won't look huge, round strawberry. Its name originates from Algonquin tribes in North America who used June's full moon as a signal to pick ripened wild strawberries, the Almanac reported.

Other names for the first full moon is June are Rose Moon and Flower Moon.

While the full moon will be a sight in and of itself, celestial watchers will be treated to an accompanying partial eclipse of the moon on Friday, depending on where they live. The eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa.

This is the second penumbra eclipse of the year after the one that occurred on January 10.

It begins on Saturday, June 6, at 3.45am (AEST) in Sydney and will be at its maximum at 5.24am (AEST). 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. Moon watchers in India will be able to watch the full moon with their naked eyes unless the sky is too cloudy.

The total duration of the eclipse is three hours and 18 minutes.