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Shoalhaven - stargazers set for a Saturday treat

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It's the start of eclipse season - marked by what's known as as a Strawberry Moon..

The lunar event has happened overnight...and will happen again tonight, along with what's called a 'Penumbral lunar eclipse', which in non astronomical-speak means Earth will throw a partial shadow across the Moon.

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Despite the name, the full moon is not red - instead it's named after the start of strawberry harvest in the US.

Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the full moon will stick around a bit longer. "The best way to view the full moon..the full moon always rises about around sunset. So after the sun is setting look toward the east and you'll see that bright full moon."

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