The last three full moons of 2016 are all "supermoons" — the point when the moon is closest to Earth while simultaneously reaching its full-moon phase. As the name implies, supermoons (also known as "perigee full moons") appear brighter and bigger than normal full moons making for stunning views. Here's what you need to know about watching them in Australia.
2016 will end with a trio of full moons at their closest points to Earth. The first one appeared last Sunday and it was even larger and brighter than usual. Sadly, we won't get another one this big until 2034. Here's some spectacular photography, courtesy of NASA:
If you missed out on this month's supermoon, don't despair: you still have two more chances to catch one of these 'roided up satellites before the end of the year.
Here are the dates to mark in your calendar:
- Tuesday, 15 November 2016
- Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Needless to say, you don't need any special equipment to see these celestial events. It's the moon, guys: just look up. The supermoon is best appreciated away from heavily lit up areas, so city dwellers should take a hike to a nearby park for maximum lunar glow.
Waterfronts will also provide a great view; particularly if you're looking to take some photos. (Just make sure the shoreline is facing east!)