If you missed out on last night’s supermoon due to the crummy weather, we have some good news: tonight’s moon will still be bigger and brighter than usual. Here’s how to get the best vantage point.
As the name implies, supermoons (also known as “perigee full moons”) appear brighter and bigger than normal full moons making for stunning views. Yesterday’s was the biggest and brightest in almost 70 years and we won’t see another like it until 2034.
According to NASA, a perigee moon can appear to be as much as 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a full moon at its furthest orbital point.
If you missed out, tonight’s moon is still worth heading outside for. It won’t be as close to the Earth as 24 hours ago (it’s in the Waning Gibbous phase) but should still look bigger and brighter than usual.
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!) You can find more in-depth viewing tips in yesterday’s story. Have fun!