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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Ireland audience to 'supermoon' phenomenon this weekend

Denise Calnan

Published 12/07/2014|18:46

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Ireland will be audience to a so-called ‘super-moon’ this weekend.

dry start tonight with some clear spells. Along the west coast cloud will build though

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The ‘super-moon’ phenomenon, where the moon seems to be larger and brighter than usual, will be visible in skies over the country tonight.

The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to Earth.

The moon’s orbit around Earth is an elliptical shape, not a circle, so the moon can sometimes seem closer.

At this time it can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is farthest from the planet, experts said.

Met Eireann are reporting a dry start tonight with some clear spells, with cloud building along the west coast.

For a novel 'supermoon' snap, get your camera ready and wish for clear skies.

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz


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