The second penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 will be visible next week. The fantastic lunar event will happen on the night between June 5th – June 6th, right when the Strawberry Moon will shine the most. Here is what you need to know.
When to Watch the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
The penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 PM on June 5th and end at 2:34 AM on June 6th. The maximum eclipse will be reached at 12:54 AM on June 6th.
The penumbral lunar eclipse will also be visible from regions of Asia, Australia, Europa, Africa, and other parts such as the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Significant Features
The penumbral lunar eclipse is not similar to the partial lunar eclipse, as the areas eclipsed by the Earth appear fainter than the rest of the Moon. During such an event, the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned.
Our planet blocks only partially the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon with the penumbra. Also, the penumbra is dimmer than the umbra – the darkest and central point of Earth’s shadow.
The first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 was on January 10th, called the Wolf Moon Eclipse. Besides the upcoming one on June 5th, the other penumbral lunar eclipses of this year will occur on July 4th and November 29th.
What is the Strawberry Moon?
Like Flower Moon and Pink Moon, Strawberry Moon is part of the nomenclature of Full Moons that was utilized by Native Americans. These titles were published by the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Strawberry Moon represents the Algonquin tribe name assigned to the Full Moon. It is also known as the Mead Moon, Rose Moon, or Honey Moon. The Full Moon signifies a short season for harvesting strawberries in the northeastern region of North America.