Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Supermoon - 19 March 2011

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular view this weekend when the full moon approaches earth at a distance of just 356,577 kilometers away. During this time, the moon will appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky, particularly when viewed on the eastern horizon.

This moon cycle, known as a ‘lunar perigee’ or 'supermoon' occurs every 10 to 20 years - the most recent being in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005.

Previous supermoons have been linked to extreme weather conditions and other natural disasters such as earthquakes. However, there is no need to panic as the experts have assured us that a larger moon cannot affect the weather or create earthquakes.

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