Astronomy lovers are in for a treat this weekend.
The beginning June bring us the Strawberry full moon, the last full moon before the winter solstice on June 21. But this full moon with does not come alone. We'll also be treated to a partial luna eclipse - but you'll have to be a really early riser to catch it.
The full moon comes on the evening of Friday June 5, but the eclipse will happen later in the early morning hours of Saturday June 6. The eclipse is set to start around 3:45am with the Earth's shadow darkening the surface of the Moon. The peak will come when two thirds of the Moon's surface is eclipsed - this will happen at 5:24am. So, here's hoping you're a morning person if you plan to watch it. Unfortunately, our view of this event will reach an abrupt end due to the oncoming sunrise at 6:54 am.
Good news for East coast Australians wanting to see this celestial even, the weather forecast is for clear skies. Clouds have previously obscured the last few events including the Pink Super Moon in April. But this one should be visible in all it's glory. Just bring a coat. It will be sub 10 degrees at the time of the morning.
This full moon falls in Sagittarius, a fire sign. The position of the Moon will form a square with Mars, the warrior planet. It brings fire, anger and emotion. During times of heightened emotion, it's important that we don't act impulsively and to consider before we speak. That's not to say that we shouldn't share our feelings, just that it would be wise to understand that this full moon will cause tension. It's also a reminder to be respectful of others and offer empathy and compassion.
Another aspect to this celestial event, Sagittarius is the sign that rules travel. So, it's likely that your itchy feet will be at an all-time high. Unfortunately, travel restrictions are still quite tight, but most states in Australia are allowing for recreational regional travel. Why not plan an impromptu weekend away? Especially since this weekend is a long one. Alternatively, a take a day trip. Find a hike or have a picnic. Of course, remember to observe all social-distancing restrictions and stay 1.5 metres apart from other people.
If you were hoping that this Strawberry full moon will have a lovely rosy colour, you'd be disappointed. The Strawberry full moon is named for the blooming of the strawberries in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year. It's similar to the April Pink Super Moon which is named for the blooming of flowers that many will see during the weeks of April.