Wednesday 22 May, 2019

'Don't miss it': 2019's brightest supermoon set to light up the sky

The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be witnessed on Tuesday.

When the moon reaches its closest perigee on Tuesday (the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth) it will be 356,761 km (221,681 miles) away from Earth, around 27,358 kilometres closer than average. There won't be another as close to the Earth until 2026. 

The full moon occurred at 10:54 am local time — just under seven hours after reaching perigee - but that wasn't the best time of the day to view the supermoon.

The moon tonight will look completely full and the best time to catch it is when it is rising or setting.

NASA says a full moon at perigee looks up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

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