Rare ‘strawberry moon’ lights up sky in Israel and around world
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Rare ‘strawberry moon’ lights up sky in Israel and around world

Earth comes between sun and moon, casting a shadow on the latter and causing a penumbral lunar eclipse Friday night

The Strawberry Moon, the full moon of the month of June, rises over the ocean on Narrawallee Beach, near Mollymook on the South Coast of New South Wales on June 6, 2020. (DAVID GRAY / AFP)
The Strawberry Moon, the full moon of the month of June, rises over the ocean on Narrawallee Beach, near Mollymook on the South Coast of New South Wales on June 6, 2020. (DAVID GRAY / AFP)

Skies in Israel and around much of the globe were lit up Friday night with what is affectionately known as a “strawberry moon.”

The name for the penumbral lunar eclipse comes from the full moon’s reddish color that is a result of the earth coming between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the latter. The title was donned by Native Americans as it takes place during the short season for harvesting strawberries in the northeastern United States.

The eclipse was visible in the Middle East, eastern Africa, southern Asia and Australia, according to NASA, which said that other parts of the world will see the full moon, but not with a red hue.

However, North America will be able to see the strawberry moon next month, NASA said.

People watch the “Strawberry Moon” rise over the ocean on Narrawallee Beach on the South Coast of New South Wales on June 6, 2020. (David Gray/AFP)
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