World looks up to gaze at ex­tra bright ‘su­per­moon’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SKYGAZ­ERS took to high-rise build­ings, tourist land­marks and beaches world­wide to catch a glimpse of the clos­est “su­per­moon” to Earth in al­most seven decades.

The un­usu­ally big and bright moon hap­pens when the Earth’s satel­lite rock is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee – its clos­est point to our planet on its monthly el­lip­sis-shaped or­bit.

At a dis­tance of 356,509 kilo­me­tres (221,524 miles), this is the clos­est it has been to Earth since 1948, cre­at­ing what NASA de­scribed as “an ex­tra-su­per­moon.”

The phe­nom­e­non was vis­i­ble first in Asia, send­ing as­tron­omy en­thu­si­asts and pho­tog­ra­phers flock­ing to the best view­ing spots, hop­ing the chronic pol­lu­tion that blights many of the re­gion’s ci­ties would not spoil the fun.

Syd­ney’s east­ern Bronte sub­urb be­came an un­ex­pected mag­net as thou­sands of peo­ple armed with pic­nic mats and cam­eras packed its small beach af­ter a Face­book in­vite went vi­ral.

Loud cheers went up among the crowd as the moon made brief ap­pear­ances be­tween heavy, gray clouds be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing.

Tourists, of­fice work­ers and cou­ples crowded the Hong Kong water­front as the su­per­sized moon rose over the sky­scrapers of the fi­nan­cial hub, while in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal Bei­jing the moon climbed spec­tac­u­larly over the city’s sky­line.

The su­per­moon was vis­i­ble across much of In­dia al­though res­i­dents of New Delhi, the world’s most pol­luted cap­i­tal, strug­gled to see it clearly through the toxic smog that has been shroud­ing the city in re­cent weeks.

In Thai­land, as­trologers were var­i­ously pre­dict­ing the su­per­moon would bring dis­as­ter or great for­tune.

The su­per­moon means a stronger high tide, some­thing that gets surfers giddy with ex­cite­ment at the prospect of not only rid­ing big­ger waves but also do­ing so at night. –

Photo: AFP

The moon sets be­hind peo­ple fish­ing on a pier in Re­dondo Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, on Novem­ber 14 dur­ing its clos­est or­bit to the Earth since 1948.

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