Supermoon Will Light Up In China Tonight!
For Chinese people who have the tradition of going out on the streets to appreciate the dazzling array of lanterns on display at the annual Lantern Festival, they will have one more beautiful item to gaze upon this year– a super large and bright moon.
The phenomenon will present the biggest and brightest full moon of the year on the night of Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month every year.
“A supermoon occurs when the moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee (the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth). When this happens, the moon appears 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter in the sky than usual,” said Mr Hu Fanghao, director of science popularisation at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing.
The supermoon can be seen across China on Tuesday (Feb 19) night.
And the ideal viewing time is set to be at 11.54pm on Tuesday when the moon will be at its fullest.
Have you eaten sweet dumplings today?
HACOS wishes you happy Lantern Festival!???