Full Moon Biggest and Brightest in 15 Years, December 12, 2008
The full moon Friday evening could potentially appear up to 30% brighter and 14% bigger than normal. The moon's elliptical orbit means that tonight it will pass earth at a distance of just over 350 000km from the northern hemisphere, thus appearing bigger and brighter than normal,
The Moon's elliptical orbit means its distance from the Earth is not constant.
It will be a little over 350,000km away as it passes over the northern hemisphere, which is about 30,000km closer than usual.
If the sky is clear it will appear brighter and lighter than usual, say astronomers.
So tonight we're in for a special treat,
"It's only every few years that a full moon happens to coincide with the part of the Moon's orbit when its closest to the Earth," said Marek Kukula, an astronomer at the UK's Royal Observatory.
"What people will see is a full moon that's really bright and a bit bigger than what they're used to."
This, just weeks after our last lunar viewing event, the smiling moon.