LIGHT UP THE SKY: Wednesday night’s Supermoon captured by Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory operators at Ballandean.
LIGHT UP THE SKY: Wednesday night’s Supermoon captured by Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory operators at Ballandean.

Clouds clear just in time for Supermoon magic

THE biggest and brightest moon we will see all year lit up the sky on Wednesday night.

Although the so-called “pink Supermoon” wasn’t actually pink, Ballandean’s Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory operators Naomi Tanaka and Eiji Katowere were still able to capture an impressive shot, despite clouds hanging around.

“There were a lot of clouds hanging around in the sky but we managed to take this photograph with a small refractor around 9.30pm,” she said.

“We were lucky to be able to take this picture because soon after heavy low clouds rolled in and covered the entire sky.”

A Supermoon happens when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its 27-day orbit and it happens to be full, which occurs around once a year.

The moon was around 40,000km closer to Earth, and 20 per cent bigger in area and brightness.

Next year will be a year of three Supermoons with the first one lighting up the sky in April, 2021.

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