Filipinos on Monday can be able to get a glimpse of the so-called “Supermoon” as it reaches its closest point during its orbit around the Earth in 68 years.
According to reports, state weather bureau PAGASA, the moon will reach the perigree or its closest point to Earth at 7:21 p.m., almost two hours and 31 minutes before going full moon at 9:52 p.m.
The perigree will be the closest since January 26, 1948. The “Supermoon” is set to be seen this close again until November 26, 2034.
“This year’s supermoon is one of the closest and biggest in 68 years and it won’t happen again until 2034,” PAGASA said in its advisory.
According to PAGASA, the “Supermoon” is a modern astrological term coined by Richard Nole. It is defined as “a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit” and is called a Perigee Full Moon, or one that is closer to Earth than average, in astronomy.
Whereas, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a supermoon can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon.
However, a 30 percent difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the competing glare of urban lights.
Don’t miss the chance to see the moon at its closest point!