THE NIGHT of Tuesday September 9 2014 saw the third and last ‘Supermoon’ event this summer and as clear skies are predicted across the country, viewing this natural phenomenon is highly recommended.
The ‘Supermoon’ as it is known, is an occurrence when the full moon coincides with its elliptical orbit being at the closest point to the Earth. This happening is known as the perigee. When the moon is in the perigee phase, it is only about 360,000km away from Earth, approximately 50,000km closer than when it is furthest away from our planet, known as its apogee.
Normally an annual occurrence, the ‘Supermoon’ has occurred three times this summer, which is unusual.