Venus Crosses the Sun in Partial Lunar Eclipse
In a rare celestial show, the June 4 full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow causing a partial lunar eclipse, while Venus crosses in front of the sun a day later. The last time these two events happened in such close succession was in the year 1881, when James A. Garfield was president of the United States.
Folklore among Native Americans refers to this type of eclipse as a strawberry moon, as it occurs during the harvesting time for strawberries. Those living in western North America, as well as South America, across the Pacific, Asia and Australia will see the entire eclipse, while those on East Coast will be treated to an extra-large eclipsed moon as it sets.
It will be the final opportunity to observe Venus passing between the sun and the Earth in this century. The next such transit of Venus will occur in the year 2117.