What we can and cannot see in space this month: June 2020

We break down what will be visible in space this month

Photo: Beverley Bowers - Alleghany County
Photo: Beverley Bowers - Alleghany County (Beverley Bowers)

ROANOKE, Va. – In times like these, it may do you some good to just gaze into the night (or early morning) sky. We always let you know about International Space Station fly overs each week, thanks to the help of Tony Rice.

In addition to that, there will be plenty of planet-to-moon conjunctions over the course of the month.

Before we can get to that, we’ve got a full moon coming up in the beginning of June. The ‘strawberry moon’ will grace us with its presence Friday, June 5. Each month’s full moon is given a name. This month’s, according to Native American tradition, comes from the short blossoming season of strawberries that usually happens around this time. So, it likely won’t appear any other color unless it is rising or setting into a layer of haze (which is entirely possible this time of year).

Strawberry moon - June 5, 2020

There have been numerous posts on social media about a lunar eclipse that will accompany the full moon.

This will not be visible to us.

A penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in other parts of the world. This is when the earth’s outer shadow is cast over the moon, which is much more difficult to notice and does not result in a red hue over the moon.

Penumbral lunar eclipse - June 5, 2020

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