Supermoon shines in Chennai, people thrilled with visual delight

Supermoon shines in Chennai, people thrilled with visual delight

Monday was not just a full moon day; it was actually a super-supermoon day and Chennaiites made the most of it by thronging terraces, viewing moon and taking selfies with it.

The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034, said N Raghunandan, Director of Planetary Society of India.

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit at distance of 356,511 km, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

Rathnasree Nandivada of the Nehru Planetarium said while the attention is on the supermoon, the lunar occultation of the star Aldebaran, visible from almost all of India, is a visually more spectacular event.

This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016 but also the largest since 1948. What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA.

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