Malta to witness largest Supermoon of 2019 tonight

Stargazers in Malta and Gozo are set to be treated to the largest supermoon of the year tonight.

Those lucky enough be under clear skies can glimpse what is promising to be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year so far,.

Tonight’s moon is the second of three supermoons to be visible in the night sky this year, the first falling on January 21 and the last on March 21.

A spokesman for the Gozo Spacelab said: ‘Full moons are always special whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a wild thing howling in the night.

‘This one is extra special in that it is a Supermoon and the largest of 2019 so don’t miss it.’

Where to watch the supermoon in Malta

Some of the best spots to see the moon are in the Maltese countryside near Marfa, Mellieha, Mgarr and Manikata as well as in Ghasri, Qala, Gharb and Sannat in Gozo.

The best places to see it are the top of hills that have clear views to the east and the west.

When to watch it

Make sure to catch it at moonrise to the east at 5.40pm for the most spectacular view.

If the sky is clear, stargazers will have a better chance of seeing the supermoon as cloud hampers the view.

If it’s clear you’ll be able to use a pair of binoculars to look at it.

 

What is a supermoon?

The last full moon was on January 21, when three lunar phenomenon combined to create a rare super blood moon eclipse.

The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear red while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.

A supermoon is when a full moon appears in the sky around 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

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