Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Trini skywatchers get second supermoon of 2019

Image via timeanddate.com

Image via timeanddate.com

Trinidad and Tobago’s skygazers are in for a treat as the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be witnessed today.

When the moon reaches its closest perigee on Tuesday (the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth) it will be 356,761 km (221,681 miles) away from Earth, around 27,358 kilometres closer than average. There won't be another as close to the Earth until 2026. 

The full moon will occur at 11:54 am local time — just under seven hours after reaching perigee.

Just a month ago, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed a spectacular occurrence – a total lunar eclipse and a bonus Super Blood Wolf Moon, all in one. Another total lunar eclipse won't be sighted until May 2021.

The third and farthest supermoon for 2019, the Worm Moon, will occur on March 21. It will reach full phase about 29 hours after the moon reaches perigee.

Today’s forecast from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (Met Office) indicates a mostly sunny, slightly hazy and at times breezy day, with a low to medium chance (20 percent to 40 percent) of light to moderate showers in confined areas so those viewing the supermoon should get a clear view of the supermoon.

Space.com writer Joe Rao says the best chance to catch it is when the moon is rising or setting.

NASA says a full moon at perigee looks up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

If you capture photos or videos of today’s supermoon and would like to share it with LoopTT, share with us at looptt@trend.media.

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