Strawberry Moon – This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
The partial eclipse of the Strawberry Moon on June 4 – starts at 3 a.m. and peaks at 4 a.m. in the Pacific time zone, Dr. Tony Phillips with NASA said.
“A broad stretch of lunar terrain around the southern crater Tycho will fall under the shadow of Earth,” Phillips said. “At maximum eclipse, around 4:04 am PDT, 37 percent of the Moon’s surface will be in the dark.”
This is the second of three great opportunities for “backyard astronomy,” Phillips said.
“First there was the annular solar eclipse of May 20, when the Moon moved between Earth and the sun to turn our star into a ‘ring of fire,’ ” he said. “The lunar eclipse of June 4 reverses the order of the Earth and moon, so that the moon is eclipsed instead of the sun.
“Finally, we have the transit of Venus on June 5 and 6, when the second planet moves directly between the Earth and sun.”
On June 4, the moon will pass directly behind the earth. According to a Nasa, a broad stretch of lunar terrain around the southern crater Tycho will fall under the shadow of earth, producing the first lunar eclipse of 2012.
At maximum eclipse, only 37 per cent of the moon’s surface will be in the dark. “The moon will pass through the dark-red core of earth’s shadow on June 4. Because only a fraction of the Strawberry Moon is shadowed, astronomers call this a partial eclipse
Unlike the solar eclipse, it is safe to look directly at an eclipsed moon.
Beneath the Power of the Moon, we sit in the Silence of Being and Hold the Light Our Souls Know so Well.