What is a Supermoon and Why is this One Special?

Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2016

Photo: Tsephe Letseka

You need not be a stargazer to see a rare lunar treat tonight.

The most spectacular supermoon in 69 years will make an appearance.

It will appear to be 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.


Tonight the Moon can be measured against objects such as trees and houses appearing low in the sky.

This will be the closest the Moon will be to Earth until November 25 2034.

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the Moon as seen from Earth.

The Team

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