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IN Lifestyle ON 14 Nov, 2016
Assemble together to gaze at the once-in-a-lifetime sight of the Supermoon. Moon is the natural satellite of the earth. 4.53 billion years old, the moon is set for superstardom this Monday. You will be amazed to see the moon brighter and larger. This is the first time in the 21st century that the moon has attained the luminosity and size of a Supermoon.
The phenomenon of Supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the earth and is either a new or full moon. This year, on November 14, the moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter.
This will be the second Supermoon of the year having occurred last on October 16. The third one is expected to occur in December.
We get around four to six Supermoons every year, but this Supermoon is special because the moon will be as near to the earth only in 2034. This lunar spectacle will be a sight to behold. Do not miss it at any cost.
This year, the moon will be closest to the earth, since 1948. 'If a full moon happens to occur when the Moon is also at its closest point then it will look slightly larger and brighter than usual – this is what is popularly known as a Supermoon', says Dr. Marel Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Generally, Supermoons occur in winters because the earth is closer to the Sun at that time of the year and the Sun's gravity pulls the moon nearer to the earth. This makes the moon appear supersized and super bright.
The Supermoon will be visible at 8.09 PM GMT (3.09 PM ET) on November 14. It will be nearest to the earth, at a distance of 217,000 miles from the earth. In New Delhi, it is expected to be there at 19:22 on November 14. It is the biggest Supermoon in the last 69 years, as suggested by NASA.
The Supermoon will be best viewed from areas of least light pollution, that is, in the dark night. Moreso, the moon looks just spectacular when viewed from the horizon. So, search for a silent solace to view the Supermoon this 14 November. You will be glad to hear this, that you will need no equipment to view the moon.
Does this lunatic phenomenon hamper our health? There have been innumerous superstitions and ample scientific revelations around this. Are "lunatics" the result of the occurrences on the full moon nights? There have been mystical speculations and ancestral fascinations lunar events have on the health. Researches have shown that the sleeping times of adults, as well as kids, have seen a depreciation on the nights of Supermoon.
As the moon will be nearest to the earth on the Supermoon night, it's gravitational pull will be greater. There will naturally be higher tides and lower tides, but there will not be any effect on the weather, as suggested by the researchers.
Use your smartphone cameras to record this stupendous moment. All you will need is some patience, tap and hold on the screen of your phones to get a proper focus. Now, drag your finger up or down and adjust the exposure. Now, capture!
When using DSLR, use the daylight white balance setting for capturing the moonlight in its naturality.
The moon will be dazzling and beaming on both nights of November 13 and 14. It will rise in the east, just around the sunset, acquire its greatest height around the midnight and will set in the west near sunrise.
Will not be earlier than November 25, 2034. So, do not miss this stupendous scene.
We at WittyFeed wish you a very happy Supermoon! Fingers crossed for the wish that the sky is clear to gaze at the Supermoon.
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