The Rise of the Supermoon

– Elyse Simich

With the temperature set to get to 37 degrees today and the skies clear, you should be able to get the perfect view of tonight’s “supermoon”. In Perth, the best time to this phenomenon is at 5:20pm, according to Weatherzone. If you’re busy tonight, don’t worry, Weatherzone recommends getting up at 5:45am tomorrow and viewing it as it sets.

Since the moon’s rotation around Earth is slightly egg-shaped, sometimes it is closer to us and sometimes it is further away. The term “supermoon” means the moon is at its closest point to Earth. NASA says this moon is “especially “super” because it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.”

This year the moon will come close to Earth three times: October 16, November 14 and December 14. The special thing about this supermoon is that it will also be full; this won’t be seen again until November 25, 2034.

This supermoon will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a normal moon. So, find higher ground, such as a big hill or the rooftop of a tall building, and face east. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Photo credit: NASA

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