Mother Earth Takes Bite Out of Strawberry Moon in Partial Lunar Eclipse
It’s no transit of Venus, but the so-called strawberry moon will be an eye-catching sight as Mother Earth's shadow falls across it in a partial lunar eclipse just before sunrise on June 4.
The Strawberry Moon is supposedly so named in Algonquin lore because it signals the start of the short harvest season of the oxidant-rich fruit, according to the Farmers' Almanac.
This eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Australia, eastern parts of Asia and across the entire Pacific Ocean, NASA said in a media release. Atlantic viewers in the United States will see the eclipse just as the moon is setting, which will give it that uber-plump, bigger-than-life look against the horizon.
This will occur at about 3:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, NASA said, meaning about 6 a.m. on the East Coast of Turtle Island, with the maximum effect occurring about 7:04 a.m. EDT, when 37 percent of the moon's surface will be darkened by Mother Earth's shadow.
That aside, everyone's waiting with bated breath for the transit of Venus that's taking place on June 5–6, which will be visible all over Turtle Island. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, whet your moon appetite with this video explaining the phenomenon.