In these days of home isolation and societal lockdown, it seems more of us are turning to the night sky for inspiration. One celestial object that’s easy to spot is the Moon: particularly when it’s full and at ‘perigee’ (the closest point to Earth in its orbit).
Informally known as a ‘Supermoon‘, a perigee Moon can appear 30% brighter and 14% larger, and while the difference may not be apparent from one night to the next, any desire to get out and get looking up at the night sky is worth indulging.
View more readers’ galleries:
- Transit of Mercury, 11 November 2019
- The Perseid meteor shower
- Noctilucent clouds: a readers’ image gallery
If you’re an astrophotographer – no matter what your ability or experience – and fancy sending us your photos, please do so. They could end up making it into the mag. Find out how to send your astro images here.