'Supermoon' to shine down on the UK this evening

'Supermoon' to shine down on the UK this evening

The rare astronomical event occurred last in 1948

Monday, November 14, 2016

A rare "supermoon" will provide a treat for astronomers tonight.

The event, described as "undeniably beautiful" by American space agency Nasa, is the result of the moon moving closer in its orbit of plant Earth than it has done for 69 years, an event which will next occur on November 25, 2034. The last time the moon was this close to the Earth was in 1948.

At 11.23am in the UK, the gap between the Earth and the moon will be at its shortest point - a distance of 221,525 miles (356,510 km). The moon itself will be visible in all its glory before 5pm UK time.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "It will be above rooftops and trees and chimneys and always appears bigger that way because you're comparing it to foreground objects.

"I'm always pleased for people to get their binoculars out and look up at the craters and the seas."