Strawberry Moon 2020: When is June Full Moon, Timings, How to Watch, More

June full Moon aka Strawberry Moon will appear on June 6 at 12:42am IST.

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Strawberry Moon 2020: When is June Full Moon, Timings, How to Watch, More

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June full moon will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse

Highlights
  • During a full moon phase, we can see the entire lit portion of the Moon
  • This occurs when Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun
  • In 2020, there are 13 full moon phases

June 2020 full moon is all set to grace the night skies over the next few days. The full moon or the Strawberry Moon will occur on June 5 at 3:12pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42am IST) and lunar enthusiasts in India will be able to watch it with their naked eyes. Coincidentally, the June full moon is joined by a lunar eclipse that will start at 11:15pm IST on June 5 and end at 2:34am on June 6. Read on for more details on June 2020 full moon, where you can watch it, and more.

What is a full moon?

Full moon is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when Moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun and we can see Moon's Earth-facing side fully-lit. Most years, there are 12 full moons with one each month. However, our calendar is not perfectly synchronised with astronomical events, therefore, every now and then, a year has 13 full moons. In 2020, there are 13 full moon phases. In October, the Moon will appear in its fullest form twice, as per Space.com.

How are full moons named?

The June full moon is popularly called Strawberry Moon along with other names such as Honey Moon, the Mead Moon, and Rose Moon. When it comes to naming a full moon, the process usually depends on the native American regions and seasons that first appeared on Maine Farmer's Almanac.

For Hindus, the June full Moon corresponds with Vat Purnima. The celebration is based on the legend of Savitri and Satyavan. Similarly, for Buddhists, this full Moon is the Poson Poya, as noted in a report by NASA.

June full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse

The June full moon will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow called the penumbra. It will be visible in part of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, and parts of South America. 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. During this time, the Moon appears relatively darker.

When will June 2020 full moon occur?

The June full moon will occur on June 5 at 3:12pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42am IST) and the people will be able to watch it for the next three days. 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.

How to watch it from India

According to NASA, the next full Moon will appear on June 5 at 3:12pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42am IST). Moon watchers in India will be able to watch the full moon with their naked eyes unless the sky is too cloudy. You can watch the full moon in its best form online. Popular YouTube channels including Slooh and Virtual Telescope are known to host livestreams. A live link will likely be up on their YouTube channel by tomorrow.

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


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Abhik Sengupta Abhik Sengupta writes about smartphones and tablets for Gadgets 360, out of Delhi. Abhik is working as a sub-editor for Gadgets 360 and has also frequently written about mobile apps and data privacy. Abhik is available on Twitter at @abhiksengupta and can be reached out on abhiks@ndtv.com. More
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