The Strawberry Moon will rise on June 5, as the new lunar cycle begins in June.
The moon will also cross a portion of the Earth's shadow on June 5, triggering a partial penumbral eclipse. "Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun, thus creating a "ring of fire" effect", PAGASA explained. The eclipse will start tonight at 11:15 pm IST and will last for approximately three hours till 2:34 am IST (June 6).
The ancient Greeks believed that during an eclipse the moon was at its most powerful, with witches being able to be drawn to the power of the Greek Moon Goddess, Selene. This month's Full Moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, originally called the Rose Moon in Europe. If you didn't catch it live, you can watch the replay and enjoy an image of the strawberry moon shared by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, the founder of the Virtual Telescope project. 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. Space says it would have just "tinted" the lower edge of the moon.
During a total lunar eclipse, the moon will first move in to the penumbra and then pass right in to the umbra. "This eclipse will be visible from parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, but will not be visible from North America".
That this Strawberry Moon will also have a pinkish hue thanks to the partial eclipse is pleasant serendipity!
The partial penumbral eclipse of the moon will occur on Friday afternoon at 3:12 p.m. The total Solar Eclipse can only be seen from a small area on the Earth. 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. South of Pakistan and northern India and China too will be able to see the eclipse.