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Chandra Grahan June 2020: Date, time, where and how to watch the strawberry moon eclipse

Get ready for the full 'strawberry' moon on Friday

June is known for its Strawberry Moon, and while it won't be officially full until Friday, it will look like a full moon starting with tonight's moonrise and last through early Sunday.

There eclipse season is about to leave, on Friday 5 June there will be the first penumbral lunar eclipse of this second half of 2020.

It won't be directly visible to the USA, but the strawberry moon eclipse can still be seen online. The penumbral eclipse ends 3 hours and 18 minutes later at 5:04 p.m. EDT (21:04 UTC). It will be visible from India and other areas of the world, however, North America and most of South America will lose out on it. Strawberry Moon is a nickname for the full moon that appears in June.

There are three types of lunar eclipses in a season - total, partial and penumbral.

"Most people would say "what's the difference between that and a full moon?' and the answer is 'very little", he tells 9Honey.

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Let the sky be your Saturday night entertainment, Sydney and Melbourne, as you'll be treated to both a partial lunar eclipse and a "strawberry" moon. The maximum eclipse will be visible on 6 June, 12:25 am. The latter, which will occur this Friday, is characterized by a slight darkening of the surface of the Moon through the penumbra projected by the Earth. The earth blocks some of the sun's light from reaching the moon and casts its outer shadow on it. It's called the Strawberry Moon because the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America viewed June's full moon as a time to gather strawberries that were ripening, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

During a total eclipse, the Moon passes through the darkest region of Earth's shadow, the umbra. Like the one that occurred on January 10, the upcoming one will also be a penumbral lunar eclipse.

The Almanac states that less than six-tenths of the orb will fall into the shadow, and therefore will hardly be visible at all, except to those in central and east Africa, Eastern Europe, western and central Asia, most of Indonesia and Australia.

Lunar and solar eclipses occur in groups known as saroses, with members of each group spaced 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours (very almost 223 synodic months) years apart.

For sure, Penumbrals aren't the most wonderful eclipses to see, but in a time that sees many of us curtailing our travel plans astronomical and otherwise, we'll take whatever celestial action we can get.

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