Rare Strawberry Moon has appeared

A rare Strawberry Moon has appeared in London skies on Friday night, June 5.
The first full moon of June was a penumbral lunar eclipse.
This happens when the moon enters the outer portion of the earth’s shadow – known as the penumbra.

As it passes through the penumbra, the moon appears darker.
But the moon did not get its name from the colour – although it is often known as a rose moon despite some saying it looks more brownish/orange than pink.


According to the Royal Observatory, was named by native North Americans who harvested strawberries in June. In other cultures, it is called the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat.


The maximum eclipse will happen when it is still light across the UK (around 21.00BST), but the moon should still be visible (cloud allowing!).