Taipei Planetarium says that a super moon will be visible tonight, April 27, and May 26 will see a larger supermoon with an eclipse.
Planetarium astronomers said that because of the moon’s elliptical orbit, the distance from the earth of every full moon is different. When the moon is closer to the earth, it appears bigger and brighter. Today’s full moon will rise at 6:36 pm and reach the perigee – the closest point of orbit to the earth – at 11:22 pm.
The moon will be 7% larger than normal, and 15% brighter, astronomers said.
Next month, May 26, will see a super full moon slightly larger than tonight’s. May’s full moon will be the largest of 2021, and there will also be a lunar eclipse that day. The planetarium will conduct a live broadcast and observations activity to accompany the event.
Feature picture: Taipei Planetarium, comparison of moon at perigee and apogee.
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