Published: Sat, November 21, 2020
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Here's the best time to check out the Strawberry Moon eclipse tonight

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.

Lunar Eclipse is all set to occur on the intervening night of June 5 and June 6.

It can be also called Strawberry Moon Eclipse as the moon appears a shade darker during the penumbral lunar eclipse phase.

The first weekend of June is kicking off with the full Strawberry Moon on Friday.

The eclipse was only visible in parts of the world, including parts of Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia... but excluding the USA.

This month's full moon is called the "Strawberry Moon" in North America because it served as a signal to early tribal colonies that wild strawberries were ripened and ready for harvesting. "But if you are standing in the penumbra region, the whole light source will not be covered". This season is 35 days long.

Stargazers listen up: tonight marks the beginning of the eclipse season.

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". During this phenomenon, only a part of the Sun is blocked from the view.

NASA added in its release that although the partial penumbral eclipse won't have any major influence on Earth, it could potentially affect some spacecraft. Eastern Daylight Time but will not be visible in the that time. However, if the sky is cloudy and the atmosphere polluted, the visibility will be in question. In India, the penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 11:15pm IST on June 5 and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54am on June 6. South of Pakistan and northern India and China too will be able to see the eclipse. The next one will be in May 2031.

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