Two events will occur at the beginning of June that will be a treat for any avid sky watcher. First there will be a partial lunar eclipse on the morning of June 4th. The eclipse will begin around 6:00 a.m. EDT and will be at peak an hour later at 7:04 a.m. June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon in Native American lore, as it is a reminder that the berries are ripe and ready for harvest.
The second event is the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. The last transit was in 2004 but it won’t happen again until 2117. The transit will begin at approximately 6:03 p.m. EDT and continue into the next day. Unfortunately East Coast observers won’t be able to watch the entire event since it begins late in the day and the sun sets a little over two hours later (have no fear, NASA has a live webcast planned for the entire event).
Below are my sources and resources for both events. Have fun and remember to NEVER look directly at the Sun without proper equipment!
- Earth’s shadow on the Moon – Astronomy.com
- Partial Lunar Eclipse Next Week Kicks Off June’s Sky Sights – Space.com
- Partial eclipse of the Strawberry Moon – Phys.org
Transit of Venus
- Live Web Cast from NASA!
- How the Transit of Venus Across Sun Enthralled Stargazers Through History – Space.com
- The 2012 Transit of Venus – NASA.gov
- The Transit of Venus – Phys.org
- Transit of Venus: June 5–6, 2012 – Skyandtelescope.com
Related: How to Observe Safely Sun
Image Credit – 2004 Transit of Venus via Wikipedia