Saturday 3 December 2016

10 incredible pictures of the Supermoon

Published 14/11/2016 | 13:12

The moon rises over Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The moon rises over Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The supermoon sets behind the Chrysler Building in New York, U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man takes pictures of the supermoon over the National Mall in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A man walks by as the supermoon is seen over the National Mall in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
The moon rises near a Ferris wheel in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The moon rises over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The moon rises over Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The supermoon is seen behind a ginkgo tree in Beijing, China November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
The supermoon is seen behind a building under construction in Hong Kong, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The supermoon is seen over the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey, early November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan
The moon rises from behind apartment buildings in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for stargazers around the globe.

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Ireland has been witness to this week's phenomenon already, and it reached its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday.

We have gathered the 10 most impressive photographs in the gallery above, feel free to send your own to contact@independent.ie or on Twitter with #IndoSubmit.

It will reach its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday night, while across the international dateline in New Zealand, it will be at its brightest after midnight on Tuesday local time.

The moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948.

The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning.

Viewers can expect to see a moon about 14% larger in diameter and about 30% brighter than when it is at its furthest from the earth. It will not be as big and bright again for another 18 years.

Nasa says its closest approach will occur at 11:21 GMT on Monday when the moon comes within 221,523 miles. That is from the centre of the Earth to the centre of the moon. Full moon will occur at 13:52 GMT.

According to the astronomy website earthsky.org, the term supermoon entered usage five years ago when the closest full moon fell on March 19 2011. The scientific term is perigee full moon.

In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,485 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.

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