How to Watch the 'Strawberry Moon' on Friday
For those still reeling from the highs of seeing Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken launched into orbit, and wanting to enjoy another live space event, tonight's "strawberry moon" and partial penumbral eclipse might do the trick.
Most of the world will be able to see this live event by simply looking to the skies. Those who can't thankfully have a wealth of options for watching it online.
What is the "strawberry moon" and when can you see it?
Today on Friday, June 5, a full "strawberry moon" will light the night sky, while parts of the world will also see a partial penumbral eclipse.
The "strawberry moon" got its name from the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans. The first full moon of the summer was a sign for them to begin harvesting wild strawberries.
The partial penumbral eclipse of the Moon is caused by the fact that the Moon will be close enough to opposite the Sun that it will pass through part of the partial shadow of the Earth. It is a very subtle eclipse that is easy to miss without viewing instrumentation.
As NASA wrote on Monday, the moon will be at its fullest around noon PT. The moon will continue to look full from early Thursday morning through early Sunday morning.
How to view the lunar event online
Though North America will miss the eclipse, the Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the lunar event from above the Rome skyline on its website. The website has a countdown to the time when the viewing will begin.
The CosmoSapiens YouTube channel will also be showing a live stream — which you can view below — of the "strawberry moon" and partial penumbral eclipse "for stargazers experiencing bad weather or light-polluted night skies."
The "strawberry moon", which is often confused with the blood moon, is also known as the mead moon, honey moon, hot moon and planting moon, NASA says. For the northern hemisphere, it signals the start of the summer. Let's hope it's a sign of good things to come.