Big news! The record-breaking supermoon phenomenon expected next week, not only promises to be bigger and brighter than the one witnessed in previous years but will be the biggest and closest to earth in the 21st century.
What is a supermoon: According to NASA, supermoons are created when the moon is orbiting the earth and its pedigree (side of the moon closest to the earth) faces the earth. When the earth, the moon’s pedigree, and the sun are in alignment, it makes the moon appear bigger and brighter thanks to the sun.
Sciencealert.com explained that the moon will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the standard sighting of the moon.
When will the occurrence happen: The supermoon is expected to appear on November 14, 2016 (Monday) just before 4pm. There won’t be another one this big until November 2034, so unless you don’t mind waiting or enjoying pictures on social media, don’t miss out.
Where in SA can you view the supermoon: Cape Town and Johannesburg seem to be the best spots at the moment with Lions Head and Table Mountain being the most popular locations while the Northcliff water tower is Johannesburg’s location.
It’s no secret that Instagram feeds will be popping all sorts of images but what is the best way to caption it?
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA.
Supermoon in eastern South Dakota | Photography by ©Aaron J Groen pic.twitter.com/07oWsCrug0
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For an obstruction-free view, a beach could be your best bet but for a contrasting view, the inner city or natural landmarks could light up the perspective.
Perfectly timed supermoon Burj Al Arab Dubai. pic.twitter.com/RoMuvh8Pzc
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