Ireland audience to 'supermoon' phenomenon this weekend
Published 12/07/2014 | 18:46
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
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.