Supermoon Offers Rare Treat To Star Gazers
The supermoon has dazzled star gazers worldwide with its spectacular size and brighter glory.
NASA described the biggest full moon as “undeniably beautiful” as it appeared so close to Earth.
A Supermoon appeared in 1948 and is expected to light up the sky again on November 25, 2034. This week’s supermoon appeared 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.
Supermoon Brings Delight to Spectators Worldwide
Not only did the supermoon create hype in social media, it dazzled spectators worldwide. It was a global phenomenon.
In ABC news, one Taiwanese citizen in Taipei expressed her awe while viewing the supermoon through a telescope.
Hsieh Wei-Ting, 36, said, “I think the last time I can remember this sort of [activity] is when I was very small, when Hale-Bopp came. Back then my parents took me [to watch].”
In Europe, star gazers lined up in France, Israel, Greece and Germany to watch the moon rise behind prominent monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Dormition Abbey, and the Brandenburg Gate.
In other parts of the world, the full moon also lit up the sky in Jakarta, Indonesia and Thailand’s Bangkok. In the Philippines, spectators swarmed the parks in the country’s capital in Manila to watch the Supermoon.
In Australia, some star gazers climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get a closer view of the moon as it hovered its spectacular size between the clouds over the city.
What is a Supermoon?
The Supermoon is seen when a full moon is closest to Earth. When this happens, the moon appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger.
Supermoon is not an astrological term. It’s scientific name is perigee-syzygy.
According earthsky.org, astrologer Richard Nolle first came up with the term and he defined it as ” … a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”