What is a supermoon, is there another one in 2018 and how often do they occur?

EVERY so often, Brits are treated to the rare and beautiful sight of a supermoon.

 

We’ve got the lowdown on what they’re all about and when you can next catch one…

 

In November, the supermoon will be the biggest of the year
The supermoon is always an awe-inspiring sight for stargazers
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What is a supermoon?

 

It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.

 

The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

 

Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered ‘super’.

 

Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a supermoon occurs.

 

A supermoon rises over London on January 21
A supermoon rises over London on January 21
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A Super Moon eclipse as seen on September 28, 2015
A Super Moon eclipse as seen on September 28, 2015
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When is the next supermoon 2018?

 

The next supermoon will be on Tuesday February 19.

 

The one after that

 

The most recent supermoon fell on January 21, 2019.

 

For the best view of the supermoon, make sure that you’re as far away from light pollution as possible.

 

Nasa often runs live-streams of the lunar event so keep an eye out for them too.

 

How often does a supermoon happen?

 

The scientific event is fairly uncommon, as it can occur around every 14 lunar months or full moons.

 

During the last such cycle, November 14, 2016, saw the most impressive supermoon since January 26, 1948.

 

A blood supermoon rises behind the Empire State Building during a total lunar eclipse in New York
A blood supermoon rises behind the Empire State Building during a total lunar eclipse in New York
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What are the effects of a supermoon?

 

Even though a full moon is sometimes associated with madness and lunacy, there’s no evidence that it actually has any effect on humans.

 

Despite this, a supermoon is believed to have an impact on the Earth’s waters.

 

When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher.

 

While there is no solid scientific evidence, some astrology boffins believe that a supermoon was responsible for tsunamis in Tohuku in 2011 and the Indian Ocean in 2004.

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