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Publication date:- 2016-11-10

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Get your camera ready for a Super-Supermoon!

THE astronomical event known as 'a Supermoon' isn't all that uncommon... This event occurs around every 13 months; it happens as the Moon's distance from Earth varies throughout its monthly orbit because its orbit isn't perfectly circular. Interestingly the Moon's eccentric orbit meant that this year its furthest 'apogee' took place on 31 October 2016, at around 252,688 miles or 406,662 km. This was the furthest the moon has been from the Earth since 1948. But the 'perigee' will take place on the 14 November 2016, at 221,524 miles or 356,509 km. As you can see the 'perigee' is the term given when the Moon is in its closest point to Earth and that gives you a closer view of the Moon. But when the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up, as the Moon orbits Earth, this is when things become more interesting. The term given to it is:- 'syzygy.'; When this occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us it leads to an effect called:- 'perigee-syzygy', which is often referred to by the term 'Supermoon' or in the US as a 'Beaver Moon.' They are fairly common, with the last one being on 16 October 2016, but what is different about this year is that on 14 November 2016, the lunar perigee will see the orbit taking it on its closest pass since 1948! This near orbit will result in an usually close view of the moon, making it look far larger than normal, when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects. For our Australian readers, you'll need to wait until 15 November 2016 to see it. This event will see the moon appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon. Sadly, it will affect your view of the beautiful annual Geminid meteor shower, but still... this will be far more dramatic for photographers, if we get clear skies. An added effect will be that the 'supermoon' can cause exceptional high tides, due to the gravitational pull of the Moon and for some places this effect will be even more apparent. For more lunar facts, please see our fact file page by clicking on here...

 
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Vevo Halloween Ball

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Oxfam shops in Merseyside raise over £500,000
New report highlights acute shortage of nursery Teachers in the North West
Merseyside Police see decrease in anti social behaviour and criminal damage calls on Mischief Night
Merseyrail goes bananas with a fruity surprise for its passengers
Junior Lord Mayors to be sworn in
Voting launches for round 2 of Tesco's Bags of Help initiative
Local Wallasey artist to sculpt Mermaid Trail
Bounts to reward adults in Liverpool for being physically active
Public views sought on proposals for a modern Sefton bus network
High flying display added to fireworks event
Advice on surviving winter
Exceptional school attendance rewarded
Nearly 1,700 children in the North West to wake up homeless this Christmas
North west cerebral palsy charity receives lifesaving donation
Civic honours announced
Home Bargains signs to Great Homer Street
Nelson Mandela memorial planned for park
From the Royal to the rainforest
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service urges safety over Bonfire period
Presfield High School gets new rejuvenated buddy corner and sensory garden
New Adventures to bring Matthew Bourne's production of 'The Red Shoes' to Salford, Manchester
Warning from transport Police after guide dog traumatised when "bang snaps" thrown onto train
Family pay tribute to young mum killed in a road traffic collision
Are Disability assessments destroying vulnerable people's lives on Merseyside?
Is Merseyside the most generous place in the UK? Operation Christmas Child gives us a chance to prove so!
Sofie Hagen's 'Shimmer Shatter'
Josh Widdicombe - 'What Do I Do Now…'
3rd Spookport is a howling success

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Liverpool to host world premiere of commemorative war time musical

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