Big­gest su­per­moon in 70 years

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

LON­DON: The year is set to close with the big­gest moon that most peo­ple alive will ever have seen.

The satel­lite is set to get closer – and so it’ll ap­pear brighter and big­ger – than it has been for al­most 70 years on Nov 14.

A su­per­moon hap­pens be­cause of the strange, egg-shaped or­bit of the moon. One part of the or­bit, known as the perigee, is about 48,000km closer to earth than the apogee, or the fur­thest part.

And if the or­bit of the moon lines up right with the sun and the Earth, it causes an ef­fect called perigeesyzygy – mean­ing that the moon ap­pears far big­ger in the sky and gets called a su­per­moon.

Su­per­moons hap­pen rel­a­tively of­ten. But it’s very rare that they’re quite as big as the one com­ing this month.

The moon is closer than it will be un­til 2034. And it will ap­pear big­ger than it has for al­most 70 years – the last time it was so close was 1948. – The In­de­pen­dent

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