Don’t Miss the Strawberry Moon This Weekend
There has been a lot of focus on the skies above us lately thanks to America's triumphant return to space. The SpaceX flight over this past weekend put 2 Americans aboard the International Space Station after launching from America (Cape Canaveral, Florida) in an American spacecraft. It was the first time we have done that in almost a decade!
Now, millions of us are staring up at the skies wondering what Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are doing right now. If I was them, I would be preparing for a special viewing of the Strawberry Moon. That's the name given to the full moon that occurs in June because it served as a signal to native American tribes that wild strawberries were ripe and ready to be picked!
This particular full moon has another feature that, unfortunately, we will be unable to see in North America. It will also be a "Penumbral Lunar Eclipse," which means that full view of the moon will obstructed in parts of the world as it glides through the faint shadow of the Earth. South of the equator, in places like Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and the South Eastern areas of South America - the moon will appear darker at its maximum phase, or apogee.
If you really want to see the eclipse part of the lunar show, you may have to rely on the internet (or book an international flight). Otherwise, you should get a big, beautiful eye full of the Strawberry Moon this Friday and Saturday night.