Moon to look bigger as comes closest to Earth since 1948

by | Nov 14, 2016 | Add category, Science | 0 comments

Astronomers have advised that the Moon will appear larger and brighter in the sky than normal as its orbit will takes it to closest distance from Earth since 1948.

The moon had its closest perigee at 356,509 km (221,524 miles) at 1121 GMT on the morning of 14 November before slowly moving away. The encounter is expected have a significant effect on the oceans’ high tide. Observers can still see it on the evening of 14 November when the Moon will appear to be 7% larger than normal. The next “super moon” close encounter will be on 25 November 2034.

The Moon and Earth as taken by Chang'e 5-T1. Courtesy: SASTIND via spaceflightnow.com

The Moon and Earth as taken by Chang’e 5-T1. Courtesy: SASTIND via spaceflightnow.com

 

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