India witnesses New Year's Supermoon

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India witnesses New Year’s Supermoon

By Harpreet Kaur

January 02, 2018

New Year’s Supermoon: On Tuesday 3:30 am IST, the Moon reached its perigee, the closest point in its orbit around the Earth, at a distance of roughly 3,56,565 km. A super moon is a lunar phenomenon that occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than the micro moon, according to NASA, and is among the must-watch celestial events.Once again, the difference in brightness is almost imperceptible to the naked eye. Furthermore, there was a super moon on December 3 and there will be yet another one on January 31 to complete the ‘Super moon Trilogy’ much to the delight of photographers looking for creative opportunities.