Tonight, skywatchers will be delivered quite a treat, when the supermoon, which hasn’t made an appearance all year, lights up our skies.
The existence of the supermoon is due to the fact that the moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape, which means the distance between the moon and the Earth varies during orbit. When the moon is at its closest point to Earth, it is known as a perigee moon.
For a supermoon to exist, there must be both a full moon as well as a perigee moon. And tonight, we’re lucky enough to have BOTH!
The last time we witnessed a supermoon was November 14, 2016 – however, we’ll have TWO next year: one on January 2nd and another just a few weeks later on January 31st.
NASA has coined it the ‘supermoon trilogy’.
So, what will you see tonight?
According to Forbes, the moon will be 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal and it will be at its brightest around midnight when its highest above the horizon.
Get ready, guys!