Largest supermoon since 1948 set to light up skies tonight

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Sky-watchers all over the world climbed the flawless spots Monday night to get a closer view of the "supermoon", the largest, brightest full moon in almost seven decades.

That's not just your brain playing tricks on you.

To observers, the differences between a supermoon and a normal full moon are quite subtle.

If Royal Observatory Greenwich public astronomer Dr. Marek Kukula were to be asked: "It's been an overcast night for the majority of the United Kingdom and even a supermoon can't traverse thick mists".

It will not be closer until November 25, 2034.

Here's what you need to know.

He said: The moon's distance from Earth varies because it has an elliptical rather than circular orbit, as do all planetary and satellite orbits.

A supermoon is an astronomical event when the full moon of a given month occurs at the same time the moon is at perigee, or the Moon's closest point to the Earth for a given month. Astronomers call this phenomenon a "perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system", but "supermoon" is the common term used to describe it. The moon hasn't been this close to the Earth since January of 1948.

Clouds permitting, the “supermoon” will look around 14 per cent larger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said the moon appears to change size and brightness because of its orbit.

Which brings us to this month.

For the first time in 68 years, since January 26th, 1948, the majority of the world gets to experience the stunningly attractive #Supermoon this Monday November 14th 2016.

The closest full moon of the 21st century, which will surpass even tonight's, will fall on December 6, 2052.

"I'm always pleased for people to get their binoculars out and look up at the craters and the seas".

How can I see it?

There's nothing fancy about looking at a supermoon. No special equipment is required. RaysWeather.com's forecast for Monday calls for "decreasing clouds". This means that sky-gazers will have to wait by 2034 before the next super moon after 2016.

If you miss it, don't worry.

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