‘Strawberry Moon’ lunar eclipse treats skywatchers around the world (photos)
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The Full Strawberry Moon is seen during the penumbral lunar eclipse over the sky of Bekasi, Indonesia, on June 6, 2020. (Image credit: Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto/Getty)
Photographers around the world captured stunning images of the recent Full Strawberry Moon eclipse, showing the subtle darkening as the moon barely grazed the shadow of the Earth.
The penumbral eclipse took place Friday (June 5) out of the range of North American view, but was visible for more than three hours over central and east Africa, Eastern Europe, western and central Asia, and parts of Indonesia and Australia. (If the moon passes more fully into the Earth’s shadow, it experiences either a partial or total lunar eclipse, depending on how much of the moon is darkened.)
The Full Strawberry Moon rises over Ponte da Ajuda, a historic bridge near the border between Portugal and Spain, during the penumbral lunar eclipse on Friday (June 5). (Image credit: Courtesy of Sérgio Conceição)
In Portugal, photographer Sérgio Conceiçao caught the eclipse on the Ajuda Bridge in Elvas, which is on a historically disputed border with Spain’s Olivença. He used a Canon EOS R digital camera and 92-millimeter lens at f/6.3, with ISO 400.
The photographic sequence shows 23 moon exposures. The moon starts the sequence in a more “intense reddish pink color,” Conceição told Space.com, “and starting to whiten as it rises.” Two women are also visible on the bridge.
This view of the rising Strawberry Moon eclipse over Ponta da Ajuda combines 242 still images captured over the course of 75 minutes (Image credit: Courtesy of Sérgio Conceição)
Conceiçao also imaged a continuous shot of the moon in motion, using 242 still photographs taken with Canon 5d MKIII and 14-mm lenses at f/16. With the eclipse deepening during the 1 hour, 15-minute long set of exposures, Conceiçao said the image shows “the various shades that the moon has been passing through” over the timespan.
The Full Strawberry Moon of June 5, 2020, partially obscured by clouds, rises over the horizon during a penumbral lunar eclipse as spectators enjoy the good weather at La Malagueta beach in Málaga, Spain. (Image credit: Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty)
A five-hour drive away, on the coastal town of Malaga, Spain, photographer Jesus Merida captured the lunar eclipse at its darkest phase. The moon rose as people on La Malagueta beach carefully enjoyed the good weather that evening, while respecting physical distancing protocols due to novel coronavirus restrictions, Merida wrote in a description on Getty Images.
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured this photo of the penumbral lunar eclipse over Rome, Italy, on June 5, 2020. Masi took this photo at the moment of greatest eclipse, at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT), when about 57% of the moon’s surface was covered by Earth’s outer shadow, called the penumbra. (Image credit: Gianluca Masi/The Virtual Telescope Project)
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, who runs the The Virtual Telescope Project from Rome, captured a dramatic moment of the eclipse using a Canon 5D mark IV attached to an 8″ f/6.3 telescope.
The moon was just seven degrees above the southeast horizon at the time, Masi said. “I’m pleased to share with you an image of the eclipse we covered earlier tonight,” Masi wrote in an email to followers of the project, “grabbed at the maximum of the eclipse. On the bottom right, you can see a hint of darkening.”
The penumbral eclipse is only the first event of this year’s “eclipse season.” Viewers in other areas of the world may have the chance to catch a “ring of fire” annual solar eclipse, or another lunar eclipse, later in the summer.