Why tonight’s supermoon should not be missed

This evening, stargazers will be able to witness a rare supermoon; with the moon being the closest to Earth it’s been since 1948.

 

The ‘supermoon’ will appear at least 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a typical full moon. The supermoon will be at it’s fullest in the day at 1.52pm GMT, but will of course be most impressive at its darkest.

 

There are three things which all need to happen; the sun, the moon and Earth must be aligned; the moon has to be orbiting the Earth with its perigee side facing us; and the moon must be on the opposite side of Earth to the sun. When all these things happening simultaneously, the result is a supermoon: a bigger, brighter looking moon.

 

The supermoon can be viewed from anywhere on Earth tonight (tomorrow for Australia) but the best views will be from dark places with minimal light pollution. Higher up places such as hills will also provide a better view due to lack of surroundings getting in the way. Happy moonwatching!

 

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