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How to watch Friday’s ‘strawberry moon’ lunar eclipse

How to watch Friday’s ‘strawberry moon’ lunar eclipse

5 June marks the beginning of this year's second eclipse season, with a 'strawberry moon' eclipse visible from tonight. 

How to watch Friday’s ‘strawberry moon’ lunar eclipse

The penumbral lunar eclipse begins from 5:45pm Universal Time on 5 June, with it visible in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

For Australia and New Zealand, the best time to see the lunar eclipse will be at moonset and dawn on the morning of 6 June, around 6:15 am – 7 am in Auckland.

For Brazil, Africa and Europe, moonrise will be the best time to spot the eclipse.

What is a penumbral lunar eclipse? While much subtler compared to other eclipses, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon just skims the outer shadow of the Earth.

“At most, expect to see a slight shading on the southern limb of the Moon at maximum eclipse. The colour of the Moon near mid-eclipse may take on a tea-colored appearance, instead of its usual pearly, bone-white hue,” explains Science Alert. 

Nevertheless, the eclipse is still a sight to behold, especially for avid photographers who may be able to capture the colour change in the moon.

The penumbral lunar eclipse precedes the solar eclipse on 21 June, which will be visible across Asia, Africa and north in Australia.

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