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The biggest ‘supermoon’ in 68 years is happening tonight

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Skywatchers are preparing for the latest “supermoon” while people in Spian got a spectacular sneak preview as dusk fell in the country.

The best opportunity to see the ‘supermoon’ will be on Monday evening in majority of the countries.

Provided there are no clouds and not too much light pollution, people should be able to see Earth’s satellite loom unusually large over the horizon shortly after sunset, irrespective of where in the world they are.

The spectacular moon rises near Glastonbury Tor a day before the “supermoon” spectacle. - Reuters

The spectacular moon rises near Glastonbury Tor a day before the “supermoon” spectacle. – Reuters

To observers, it will appear about 7% larger than normal and about 15% brighter – although the human eye is barely able to discern that difference.

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The supermoon will also mean a stronger high tide, something that gets surfers giddy with excitement, not only at the prospect of riding bigger waves, but doing so at night.

The next comparable event will be in 2034, when the Moon will come even closer, by 64km, to Earth.

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“On November 14, it becomes full within about two hours of perigee — arguably making it an extra-super Moon,” NASA says on its website.

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The orbit itself is changeable, meaning the distance from Earth differs from perigee to perigee — this time it will be the closest since 1948 at a distance of 356,509 kilometres (221,524 miles).

The average is 384,400km.


In pictures: Supermoon in Spain

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WATCH: Supermoon rises in Spain

 

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