Supermoon set to grace the earth’s skies

14 Nov, 2016 8:13 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – People across the country are preparing for the latest “supermoon” as Earth’s satellite makes its closest approach since 1948.

The Super Moon could be sighted today evening at 18:52 PST after a gap of 68 years.

The Meteorological Office reported that the moon will be seen bigger and brighter because it will be at the closest distance from the earth. When the moon comes close to the earth it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon. This is called the Super Moon.

Last, such type of Super Moon was seen in 1948.

As the Moon traces its orbit around the Earth, we see different proportions illuminated by the Sun. Once in each orbit, our satellite is totally illuminated – a full moon.

And as the Moon orbits the Earth every 27 days or so, it travels in an elliptical or oval shape. This means that its distance from our planet is not constant but varies across a full orbit.

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