• Fred Newton

Supermoon Thursday - Magical Viewing That Don't Need Netflix



This coming Thursday 7th May 2020 is a big day for the UK (and the rest of the world). Not because of the latest hot Netflix series or an update from our floundering leaders, but something far more magical. It's time for the last supermoon of the year.


During these remarkable last days and weeks of our lives we've learnt to appreciate more than ever the small, simple, natural pleasures we might have previously taken for granted. But for the most part it's been a focus on the earthly world around us.


This Thursday around 9pm (BST) we want you to cast your eyes up just above the horizon, for the treat of a magical, natural phenomenon in the sky.


What is a Supermoon?


It's a full or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee, the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit. Essentially when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit.


The effect is that it appears to be slightly larger than a normal full moon (14%) and brighter (30%) as viewed from Earth.


How and where do I see it?


A clear night with a bit of cloud is perfect. Although moonrise on Thursday night is 20:44, add about 10-15 minutes for the moon to clear the horizon.


Try to be as high as possible and look South/South East. Consider taking your government mandated form of exercise (can you yet believe we actually have to write that sentence?) later than normal and maybe with a torch in hand to find the right dark spot for viewing.


You might also be able to see the supermoon on Wednesday night as well (moonrise at 19:16) looking East, this could be a better night as the moon sits higher on the horizon.


If you're Supermoon spotting then we'd love you to share your experience with the Wildbase community. Tag pictures of your moon adventure to @Wild.Base on Instagram or email hello@wildbase.co and #supermoonmagic ...


We'll be looking up as well, but occasionally posting what we can see from our various locations around the UK.

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