Supermoon lights up Southland skies

Ken Copeland
Декабря 5, 2017

The supermoon lit up night skies around the world on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, drawing awe from many spectators.

The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, which he defined as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (Perigee)". The supermoon on January 31 will be called a blue moon since it is the second full moon in the same month. That often causes the moon to shine with a reddish hue, in what's known as a 'blood moon'.

This weekend the moon was at its closest point to the Earth or at perigee.

The very concept of a Super Moon is an embarrassment to everything else we call super: "Supernova, Supercollider, Superman, Super Mario Bros", the popular physicist said Sunday. At 3.47pm yesterday - the exact moment of full moon - it was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles.

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In January 2018 there will be two supermoons, the first on January 1 and the second on January 31.

Nasa research scientists said that supermoons were "a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon".

That night will also feature a lunar eclipse, when the moon, earth and sun all line up. Zimmer stood miles away on the other side of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, to capture this impressive view of the supermoon.

As is the case with all celestial events, there are a few things you'll need to hope for if you want to catch this year's supermoon.

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