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Look to the skies for a supermoon

By  Dec 04, 2017

A rare lunar event that dazzled stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts around the world on the 3rd of December can also be observed in Croatia in the next few days.

The supermoon phenomenon is an event when Earth’s very own natural satellite approaches the planet as close as possible. On its orbital path, the Moon is at the point closest to Earth known as its perigee.

During perigee, the Moon approaches Earth as close as 363,300 km. On the other end of the spectrum, the Moon’s apogee takes it as far away from the planet as 405,500 km.

This unique and stunning spectacle also means that the Moon can appear up to 14-times lager and 30-times brighter than usual as seen from Earth.

For those who missed the supermoon yesterday, the good news is that the Moon will still appear much larger over the next few days.

Noah Petro, NASA's deputy scientist of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, explained:”The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday.

Rain

14°C

Dubrovnik

Rain
Humidity: 89%
Wind: SSE at 57.93 km/h
Saturday
Showers
10°C / 16°C
Sunday
Showers
8°C / 11°C
Monday
Mostly sunny
6°C / 10°C
Tuesday
Partly cloudy
6°C / 10°C

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