A full "Strawberry Moon" is set to rise over Vancouver tonight

Katie Ramirez
November 22, 2020

Eclipse season resumes on June 5th, with a fine penumbral lunar eclipse.

After the "Strawberry Moon Lunar Eclipse" on June 5, the nature has another treat for the skygazers this month as an Annular Solar Eclipse will be taking place on June 21, which is also the longest day of the year, for nearly 6 hours.

The June full moon will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa, including Central African Republic, Congo and Ethiopia.

The total duration of the eclipse is three hours and 18 minutes. Northeast Asia and New Zealand see the eclipse end towards moonset and dawn. This is why it may not be worth waking up or staying up for if you've had a late Friday night. "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.

Though subtle, you'll be able to see the difference in the moon before and after the eclipse if you photograph both moments.

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"The eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the moon enters the penumbra", it added. However, the shadow won't fully cover the moon. Credit: adapted from NASA/GSFC diagram, w/annotations by author. People will not notice it unless someone who knows points it out.

All you need is a tripod-mounted DSLR with a minimum 200mm focal length lens. And speaking of smartphones, a free app such as Color Grab can pick up this change in color as well. This is what you have the chance to see on Saturday.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon will first move in to the penumbra and then pass right in to the umbra. Still, it appears to be an old reference to the strawberry harvest season. The center of this eclipse season is marked by an annular eclipse on June 21st crossing southern Asia.

An enviable view: The view from the Moon during Friday night's eclipse.

Clouded out, or simply live on the wrong continent to observe Friday night's eclipse?

More than likely, the Full Moon on June 5, 2020, will appear the usual pearly-gray to most locations in North America. Meanwhile, there are two more eclipses slated to take place by July.

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