Jun 22, 2013

of supermoon jun 2013

Set to peak on Sunday, June 23, the 2013 supermoon is noteworthy not only for the remarkable sight it will present to skywatchers but also because it will be the largest supermoon this year. Also known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That's the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.

The moon will turn full at 7:32 a.m. EDT Sunday. It will reach its closest point to the Earth 22 minutes earlier and will be visible after the sun sets that evening.

For this year, it will occur on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 7:32pm Singapore time (UT+8).

Supermoon at Punggol Promenade, Mar 2011. [Source]

Read more (Supermoon June 2013: Everything You Need To Know About Perigee Moon This Weekend (PHOTOS))

The effect is to make the Moon seem 30% bigger and 14% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.

While skywatchers will be able to spot another supermoon in July, the moon will not be this close again until August 2014.


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