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TOPIC: 'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies

'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 15:13 #1

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If you're lucky and it isn't cloudy (as it is here in the UK at the moment), you might see this again tonight.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23013393



Although many UK sky-watchers were disappointed due to cloud cover, Spanish observers were treated to a much better view

The night sky has been illuminated by what appears to be a much bigger and brighter Moon.

The so-called "supermoon" occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to earth, known as a perigee full moon.

The effect makes the Moon seem 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.

Skywatchers who miss the phenomenon this weekend because of cloudy skies will have to wait until August 2014 for the next one.

Space expert Heather Couper said "supermoons" were the result of coincidence.

"The Moon goes round in an oval orbit so it can come very close to us, and if that coincides with a full moon, then it can look absolutely enormous," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

She explained that when the Moon was high in the sky, it looked normal.


But as it got closer to the horizon, a "kind of optical illusion" occurred where it looked bigger when compared with trees or houses, she said.

She suggested it might be possible to dispel the illusion by turning away from the Moon, bending over and looking at the sky from between your legs.

Writing in Sky and Telescope about the "myth of the supermoon", Shari Balouchi said much of what we called the supermoon was just our eyes playing tricks on us.

"The supermoon might look bigger than normal if you see it in the evening when the Moon's just rising, but the real size difference isn't big enough to notice."

BBC Weather's Darren Bett said he was confident most people in the UK would have been able to see the Moon at some point on Saturday night, even if only fleetingly.

Sunday night should be better, he added, with people in south-west England and south Wales likely to have the clearest views of the Moon.
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 15:19 #2

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Hopefully the skies will be clear tonight. I do like a nice full moon. The skies aren't looking too good at the moment though :hahano:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 15:23 #3

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Typical innit....whenever there's something spectacular happening in the night sky over the UK, its bloody cloudy! :hahano:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 15:25 #4

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I viewed the " Supermoon " last night, The sky was reasonably clear. It did appear to be brighter than usual although that could just be the aliens inside firing up their internal engines. :)
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 15:40 #5

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diamondgeezer wrote:
Typical innit....whenever there's something spectacular happening in the night sky over the UK, its bloody cloudy! :hahano:

Yeah it's like they only tell us about this stuff knowing it'll be cloudy just so it pisses us off :chuckle:

If it does clear up, I might bathe in the light of the supermoon :chuckle:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 16:17 #6

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A supermoon tan :chuckle:

I'm going to be having a (hopefull) look this evening....they're saying that the cloud cover is going to clear somewhat tonight. ;)
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 17:35 #7

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It's looking bad for any kind of sky spotting here in Warwickshire. :mad: Fekkin big, thick grey mat all over our heads. I do hope I see it, though. I love a full moon too :hypo: I go all hairy and get long teeth and nails.

Whether it shows or not, I'll be putting my dish of crystals on the bedroom windowsill anyway - they regenerate and recharge in the full moon.

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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 18:48 #8

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Its not looking good for supermoon-spotting here either.....just popped out to the shop & its complete cloud cover & starting to rain. :(

Fingers crossed it might clear up later, but I wouldn't put money on it. When this kind of weather sets in around these parts, it tends to linger.
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 18:52 #9

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It's not looking so great over here either DG :hahano: Although there seems to be patches of vague blue, but that could be my wishful thinking :D Yeah, upon closer inspection, there's no blue patches, it's grey all the way :roll: Oh well, I'm sure the moon will look lovely, it will just be hidden by the great British cloud.
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 19:02 #10

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Gods a right bastard sometimes.... :hahano:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 19:20 #11

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Gods a right bastard sometimes.... :hahano:

He's neglectful at best. A sick twisted murderous fuck at worst :chuckle: Not that I believe in God. We very well may live in a Universe that doesn't give a fuck, it just does what it does.

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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 20:05 #12

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cantata wrote:
It's looking bad for any kind of sky spotting here in Warwickshire. :mad: Fekkin big, thick grey mat all over our heads. I do hope I see it, though. I love a full moon too :hypo: I go all hairy and get long teeth and nails.

Whether it shows or not, I'll be putting my dish of crystals on the bedroom windowsill anyway - they regenerate and recharge in the full moon.

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Ha my Avatar doesn't actually move its all a illusion..just like the realm we exist in..Probably lol.
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 20:46 #13

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There are patches of blue now. There is hope! :O :chuckle:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 22:57 #14

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Nope. It's cloudy :roll:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 23:10 #15

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Still unbroken cloud over these Mancunian skies. No supermoon for me then. :(
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 23:13 #16

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I was out last night, driving down the highway, i thought it looked brighter than usual, could see very well even though it was night time.

Now i know why. :up:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 23:15 #17

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It's soooo cold here :cold: but that has given us perfectly clear skies over Warwickshire. The moon is still low in the sky though, lol, so I can only see it above the houses out of the bedroom window.

T'is lovely, though!

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Does it look bigger & brighter than usual then cantata?

The news article says the 'effect' is most noticeable when the moon is low on the horizon.
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 23:38 #19

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It's a bit nippy up in Liverpool too. Windy as well... but it's not blowing the clouds away. I was going to kneel naked in the bright moonlight :D I've only done that once before but it felt good really, the moon rays made my skin shine, and I felt some kind of energy, although it could have just been my imagination :chuckle:
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'Supermoon' now on view in Europe's night skies 23 Jun 2013 23:46 #20

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The british summer has arrived then eh....cold, cloudy, wet, windy.... :hahano:

Its the middle of winter in aus where novum is, and I bet the weather is still better than ours... :D
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