Beautiful supermoon on its way

2016-11-10 06:00

The most beautiful supermoon in years will be visible on 14 November.

It will be the first time since 1948 that the moon will be so close to the earth, according to NASA.

The moon will be about 356 509 km from the centre of the earth and it is likely that higher tides will occur.

The moon will appear larger and brighter than at other times because it will be closer to the earth at that time according to a statement by NASA. The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual, although it is not always easy to see the difference, especially in illuminated cities.

When the moon hangs low near the horizon and there are mountains and trees in the foreground, it is easier to see the effect. Although it is an optical illusion, it remains beautiful.

On 14 November the moon will rise at 15:52.

According to NASA it will be only on 25 November 2034 that the moon will again be so close to the earth. The distance between the centre of the earth and the moon is 382 900 km. on average, and with a supermoon it is shorter than 360 000 km. according to the website timeanddate.com.

(– Elsabé Brits)

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