Supermoon 2020: New Moon will be exceptionally large in the sky today – but you probably won’t see it


A supermoon will rise in the sky today, although it will be almost impossible for most people to see it.

The rare astronomical event occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its monthly orbit, although on 17 September it coincides with a new moon.

During this lunar phase, the Sun and the Moon line up in such a way that any light is reflected towards the Earth and the Moon usually rises and sets with the Sun.

Due to the moon being unusually close to the Earth during its new moon phase, sunlight will be completely obscured and therefore the moon may appear darker than normal – better viewing stars and constellations with the naked eye Provides an opportunity for

The new moon supermoon is the first of three in a row, with the next two sets to be held on October 16 and November 15.

The term supermoon stems from astrology rather than astronomy, in which scientists generally prefer to use the term perigee.

When the perigee phase coincides with the full moon, it appears large and bright in the night sky.

The Moon’s proximity to the Earth can also have an impact on the oceans, with extra gravity leading to extra high tides on the days closest to it.

High tides can sometimes cause coastal flooding if it coincides with severe weather events.

The supermoon phase has also historically been associated with catastrophic events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, although there is no scientific evidence to support this yet.

The last full moon, which was a supermoon, took place on 7 May, and would not take place until 28 March 2021 next.

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