Full Moon June 2012: Partial Lunar Eclipse on June 4 Puts Full Moon in Earth’s Shadow

By on Jun 3, 2012 in Astronomy, Science, World Comments

Full Moon June 2012:
Partial Lunar Eclipse Sky Map

Image Credit: Geoff Gaherty

The full moon of June 2012 will dip through Earth’s shadow through a partial lunar eclipse before Venus crosses the face of the sun in a rare transition, according to recent reports by several international news sites, June 3, 2012.

Based on reports, a partial eclipse of the Moon will be visible over western North America just before sunrise on June 4, 2012.

Moreover, reports from Space.com mentioned nearly two-fifths of the moon will slowly slip into the Earth’s umbral shadow.

Although the moon will remain bright throughout the partial lunar eclipse of June 4, it will be set in a starry background: just inside the border of the non-zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus, about 6 degrees above and left of the star Antares.

Recent reports said the event will also mark the last chance to see Venus pass between Earth and the Sun in the 21st century. The 2012 transit of Venus is the last one visible from Earth until 2117.

The Full Moon of June is usually called the Flower Moon. In Algonquin tribe, it is called Strawberry Moon, since the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, reports added.

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