Sunday, June 23, 2013

'Supermoon' to light up the sky Sunday night


On June 23, Sunday, the "supermoon" will take place and will be visible in the skies past 7 p.m., Philippine time.

The phenomenon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year, but also the moon's closest encounter with Earth this 2013.

"Sunday's lunar perigee will be the moon's closest to Earth of 2013. And 32 minutes later, the moon will officially turn full. The close timing of the moon's perigee and its full phase are what will bring about the biggest full moon of the year, a celestial event popularly defined by some as a 'supermoon'," Space.com said.

The moon will appear about 12.2 percent larger than it will look on January 16, 2014, when it will be farthest from the Earth during its apogee.

It is also set to affect the tides, as it will exert 42 percent more tidal force at this full moon compared to the spring tides for the full moon that will coincide with apogee next January.

It will however not bring any greater risk of earthquake nor flooding.

[Photo: EarthSky.org]







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