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SKY SHOW: A supermoon can appear as much as 14% larger in the sky and 20% brighter.
SKY SHOW: A supermoon can appear as much as 14% larger in the sky and 20% brighter.

BE PREPARED to be mooned this weekend; in fact, get ready to be supermooned.

Tonight across Australia, the moon will not only be a little bigger, it will also be a little brighter than normal.

Astronomer Dave Reneke said not only will tonight's moon be full and rise earlier but its orbit will be very close to earth - a mere 361,863km away.

As a result tides will be higher than usual.

"A supermoon can appear as much as 14% larger in the sky and 20% brighter to our eyes than normal," he said.

"Despite the claims of some people around the world, the supermoon will not destroy the earth.

"Nor will it turn you into a lunatic."

COOL TIP

Download an amazing free app called Sky View. Then point your smartphone to anything in the night sky and it will tell you what it is.

Ask and it will find planets, stars and constellations for you in a matter of moments, plus it's got tons of interesting facts and figures on astronomy.

For more info about all things astronomical, go to http://www.davidreneke.com.

Topics:  astronomy, moon, supermoon



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