Highlights: Largest supermoon in decades

Highlights: Largest supermoon in decades

The supermoon on Monday will be the closest to Earth since 1948, making it an “extra-supermoon”.

Supermoon Singapore Nov 13

SINGAPORE: Stargazers and shutterbugs are expected to be out in force on Monday (Nov 14) to lap up the supermoon spectacle.

The moon will be closest to Earth in nearly 70 years and is due to be the biggest of the 21st century. Its closest approach, which occurs at 7.23pm (1123 GMT), will see it passing within 348,400 km of Earth's surface, about 35,400 km closer than average.

The supermoon is expected to be at its brightest at 9.52pm Singapore time (1352 GMT), though cloud cover after a rainy afternoon meant that Singaporeans were not able to see it in its full glory.

If skies are clear, the full moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual, according to NASA.

Skygazers will not be able to see the moon this big again until Nov 25, 2034.

Source: CNA/ek