14 Nov 2016

The 'Super Moon' and astral FTIR

Tonight the Moon will appear 7% larger than normal and about 15% brighter. This is because the Moon will be the closest to Earth it has ever been since 1948 and won’t be this close again until 2034.

Supermoon_over_Germany,_2011.jpg

As the Moon naturally varies its distance from the Earth throughout its elliptical orbit, other minor deviations in our planet’s movement around the Sun cause further changes in its distance.

In this case, the Moon’s perigee will coincide with certain changes in the Earth’s orbit which will leave it extra close. However, it is thought human eyes will struggle to see the difference.