When to see the supermoon over Malta this weekend

If you look up at the moon this weekend it might look bigger and brighter than usual.

That’s because it’s a supermoon!

 

Unlike the sun, it’s safe to look directly at the moon and you can use a telescope or binoculars.

If you miss the supermoon because of cloudy weather over Malta, you can watch it online at the Virtual Telescope Project.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s supermoon:

What is a supermoon?

The December full moon will approach the planet this weekend for the first and last supermoon event of the year.

The spectacular rare sighting will see the full moon swell up to 14 per cent in size and grow brighter by as much as 30 per cent.

The supermoon will rise on Sunday in the dark afternoon hours, making its path cross the night sky, before it sets on Monday morning.

When will be the best time to see it?

The super moon will occur at around 4.45pm in Malta on December 3.

The moon will begin to rise above the horizon when the skies start to get dark.

Those paying close attention to the horizon will be tricked into seeing a particularly large moon, but this is due to an effect known as the ‘moon illusion’.

Where is the best place to see it in Malta?

As the moon will be bigger than usual, experts have said that the the supermoon will be visible where ever you are in Malta.

The moon will be large enough that you won’t need to use special equipment to view it, although binoculars and telescopes will provide a closer look.

NASA lunar expert Noah Petro said: ‘The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday.

‘Any time after sunset should be fine. Since the moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset, or once it’s dark and the moon is a bit higher in the sky.

‘You don’t have to stay up all night to see it, unless you really want to!’

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