June 2020 full moon is generally known as Strawberry Moon. This full moon is all set to increase the charm of the night skies over the next few days. The full moon or the Strawberry Moon will occur on June 5 at 3:12 pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42 am IST) and interested folks will able to watch the full moon with their naked eyes. Coincidentally, The June full moon is joined by a lunar eclipse that will start at 11:15 pm IST on June 5 and end at 2:34 am on June 6.
How are full moons named?
The June full moon is popularly known as 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 generally depends on the native American regions and seasons that first appeared on Maine Farmer’s Almanac.
For Hindus, the June full Moon is popularly called as Vat Purnima. The celebration of Vat Purnima 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.
Strawberry moon and penumbral lunar eclipse
The strawberry moon 2020 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. In India, the penumbral lunar eclipse will start at 11:15 pm IST on June 5 and reach the maximum eclipse at 12:54 am on June 6. During this time, the Moon appears relatively darker.
How to watch it from India?
According to NASA, the next full Moon will appear on June 5 at 3:12 pm EDT (June 6 at 12:42 am 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 also watch the full moon in an online broadcast or on Youtube Livestream. Popular YouTube channels including Slooh and Virtual Telescope are known to host livestreams.