Saturday 7 December 2019

Ireland audience to 'supermoon' phenomenon this weekend

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

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.

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

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