Lincolnshire

Your guide to spotting the supermoon in Lincolnshire

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For the first time in over 70 years, residents of Lincolnshire will be able to spot the rare supermoon next week.

On Monday, November 14, the moon will look 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon as it is closer to the Earth.

This will the first time people have seen the supermoon since January 1948 and the next will not be visible until November 25, 2034.

What is a supermoon?

The term supermoon was originally a term from modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

However, supermoon now refers more broadly to a full moon that is closer to Earth than average.

This supermoon occurs as one side of the moon’s orbit is 30,000 miles closer to the Earth.

When the sun, moon and Earth align (creating a syzygy), and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth to the sun, this is when a supermoon (pergiee) moon is created.

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A spokesperson from NASA said on their website: “A supermoon, or perigee full moon can be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an apogee full moon.

“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.

“The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.”

The best time to view the supermoon will be when the moon is low on the horizon and will look a lot larger than normal.


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