This weekend’s Full Strawberry Moon is an almost-summer treat

This weekend’s Full Strawberry Moon is an almost-summer treat

This weekend’s Full Strawberry Moon is an almost-summer treat

No matter what people may believe about the full moon and the eclipse, these are sky events many people would want to watch out for before the annular solar eclipse on June 21.

'As always, the moon will affect the Earth's ocean, and the extra gravitational pull means we should brace ourselves for some spectacular tides worldwide, ' he said.

What is a full moon? As the Sun is an extended light source, Earth's shadow has two components - a dark, central umbra, where the Sun is completely obscured, and a lighter outer penumbra, within which the obscuration is partial. The eclipse skipped North America, but the Virtual Telescope Project live-streamed the Italian lunar phenomenon.

It is not named a strawberry moon because of it's color but because Native Americans tribes used it as a signal to start gathering ripening strawberries.

The Strawberry Moon was officially 100% full at 3:12 p.m. EDT on Friday, but it will appear full as it rises on Friday evening until it sets early on Saturday.

June's full moon will be the last of the spring. Moon watchers in India will be able to watch the full moon with their naked eyes unless the sky is too cloudy.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, it's also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent in the northern hemisphere during July. "This is much subtler than a total lunar eclipse, in which the moon appears to turn red as it passes through the darkest part of Earth's shadow, situated right behind our planet". The moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from early Thursday morning into early Sunday morning, said NASA.

Today's eclipse will be what astronomers dub a "penumbral eclipse", which occurs when the outer ring of Earth's shadow just grazes the moon. However, during a partial lunar eclipse, the alignment of the three celestial bodies is still imperfect. Anyone on the night side of the moon can witness the eclipse.

The impressive sight happens when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth.

More than 2,000 years ago the Ancient Greeks were able to predict the first lunar eclipse by using a primitive form of a computer.

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