Don’t miss the closest full moon of the century

Here’s how to see tonight’s supermoon.

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The most spectacular supermoon will light up the sky on Monday night, when the moon will come closer to Earth than it has done for almost 70 years.

The supermoon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon, and as it’s not due to happen again until 2024, it’s a rare moment stargazers won’t want to miss.

Beautiful images from Sunday night have captured the first sightings of the phenomenon in Asia and Australia, but the best chance of seeing it in the UK will be on Monday night.

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“Monday evening and overnight Monday night is the best chance to spot it in Europe,” a spokesperson for the Met Office. It will reach the peak of its full phase at 1.52pm GMT, and in America, the biggest and brightest moon will appear on Monday morning just before dawn.

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For ideal viewing, NASA scientist Noah Petro suggests finding a dark area free from light pollution. “Find a clear space where you’re free, certainly of bright lights, but even [of] tall buildings or trees that will obstruct your view, especially when the moon is low in the sky, Later on at night, when the moon is high in the sky, any spot is going to be fine.”

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Unfortunately, the UK weather could interfere with supermoon sightings, as the forecast suggests it will be cloudy when it is at its closest. The Met Office recommends checking your local forecast to find out when the skies will be clear, as there are likely to be breaks in the cloud throughout the day.

There’s no reason to let the clouds stop you from looking up at the sky, though. Astronomy lecturer Chris Noth said it could even be “atmospheric to see the bright, full moon through thin cloud.”

“Even if it’s completely overcast, there are plenty of other chances to see the moon as it gradually moves past its full phase over the next few nights so don’t be disheartened,” he wrote. Another great reason to keep up the stargazing this week.

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