Cloudy skies over Mumbai play spoilsport in Supermoon sighting
Worli resident Siddharth Singh, 14, was on the balcony of his house on Sunday evening with a pair of binoculars in his hand to watch the ‘Supermoon’, but the cloudy sky played spoil sport.india Updated: Jun 24, 2013 10:48 IST
Worli resident Siddharth Singh, 14, was on the balcony of his house on Sunday evening with a pair of binoculars in his hand to watch the ‘Supermoon’, but the cloudy sky played spoil sport.
The Supermoon as seen from the city on Sunday.
A ‘Supermoon’ occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth, known as a perigee full moon. The effect makes the moon seem 12-15% larger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.
Arvind Paranjpe, director, Nehru Planetarium said that the moon was closest to Earth at 5.02 pm on Sunday.
“The size of the Supermoon is slightly bigger than average but the difference isn’t noticeable to the common man. In order to clearly understand the difference, people should know the visuals of the moon for at least six months before it appears,” he said.
Paranjpe said, “The situation in the sky is cloudy but if there are passing clouds then Mumbaiites would be lucky enough to witness the big bright moon after moon rise.”
During perigree, the moon is about 3,56,992 km away, as compared to the 4,05,696km away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee).
This time the moon will be 357,127 km away from Earth, making it look 12% bigger. Skygazers who missed the phenomenon on Sunday will have to wait until August 2014 for the next one.