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Published: Sat, November 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rare 'supermoon' will make for spectacular sight on Monday


How precisely the moment the moon reaches the peak of its full phase coincides with the moment it is closest to Earth is a matter of much interest for scientists, astronomers and historians.

Because the moon has an elliptical orbit, one side - called the perigee - is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee).

"To the naked eye it's quite hard to tell the difference, but you can see it better with a camera".

If you look to the skies Monday night, there's a chance you'll see something that hasn't happened since 1948 - a large supermoon. 14, the moon is at perigee at 6:22 a.m. EST and "opposite" the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. EST (after moonset for most of the US).

The event, described as "undeniably beautiful" by USA space agency Nasa, is the result of the Moon coming closer to Earth than it has done since 1948. This means that sky-gazers will have to wait by 2034 before the next super moon after 2016.

According to NASA, the term "supermoon" is a bit more scientific than the common it's just a larger full moon notion suggests.

On Monday evening, November 14, the supermoon made an impressive showing.

At 6:22 a.m. this morning, the moon was at its closest point to Earth since 1948, a phenomenon that won't be repeated for nearly two decades.

The one and only supermoon of 2017 will appear on December 3 next year. There will be a slightly better supermoon in 2034, said Powell, editor at large of Discover magazine. The moon also appeared larger than usual on October 16, though the November 14 one was still relatively fuller.

Sky watchers in the United Kingdom will have to wait a little longer before the full moon emerges in all its glory shortly before 5pm.

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