Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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South Africans Capture June’s Strawberry Moon in Creative Photos


The "Strawberry Full Moon" appeared in the sky on Friday night, with crowds of people venturing out to see the phenomenon.

However, '"the slight dimming during this eclipse will not be noticeable without instrumentation", the agency said.

During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon only just brushes with the Earth's outer shadow (penumbra) which is why it can sometimes go unnoticed. For certain parts of the planet, it coincided with an understated partial eclipse.

The Full Moon phase marks the exact moment the Moon's Earth-facing side is totally illuminated by the Sun.

People across the world will be able to watch the full moon, however, for several countries in the Eastern Hemisphere (including India), the full moon on Friday will showcase a penumbral lunar eclipse.

The next full moon will appear in July 5 and it'll be called Buck Moon.


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. According to NASA, the moon will still be full from early Sunday morning, June 7.

In Europe, NASA said the full moon has been called the Mead Moon or the Honey Moon after the fermented drink.

What is the "strawberry moon" and when can you see it?

"When the moon is low on the horizon, it allows you to capture the view with objects in the foreground, making the moon appear bigger", Jones explained.

Eclipse season resumes on June 5th, with a fine penumbral lunar eclipse. The maximum eclipse, during which the Sun appears like a ring of fire, will take place at 12:10 pm. "This eclipse will be visible from parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, but will not be visible from North America".

"An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth". But this is a special event, which leads to three eclipses. The Moon's orbit is inclined about five degrees relative to the ecliptic plane; otherwise, we'd see at least two eclipses-one lunar and one solar-every month.

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