Supermoon on Tuesday

NEWS Monday, 18 February, 2019

Supermoon on Tuesday

Sky gazers can look forward to the biggest supermoon of the year tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19 at 17:53 Cyprus time.

Tuesday’s full moon will also be the third largest full moon of the next 10 years.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is as close as it ever gets to Earth.

The moon’s average distance from Earth is 384,400 km, but its orbit is not perfectly circular, so that distance varies a small amount.

When the moon reaches its closest perigee of the year on Tuesday it will be 356,761 km away from Earth.

This makes the moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.