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Posted On: 12 November 2016 04:34 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

Doha residents can view the biggest supermoon since 1948 on Monday

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November’s full moon is special. Not only is it a supermoon — which appears larger than a “regular” full moon — it will be the closest such moon to Earth since January 1948. We won’t see the full moon this close again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to NASA.

Since the moon’s orbit around Earth is an elliptical shape, there are times when our lunar companion is closest to Earth. This is called perigee. This month, the perigee occurs Nov. 14 at about 6 a.m. — within two hours of the moon becoming officially full — making this fun event an extra-super, perigee full moon.

The supermoon isn’t just a fun sight for photographers and skywatchers — it has an actual impact on the coastline. Every year from November through February, the highest tides — called “king tides” — sweep onto the shores during full moons. This is due to the combination of gravity from the moon and sun being the closest to Earth as they will be all year. The tides get even higher during “supermoons” simply because the moon is closer to Earth. (Repost: Washington Post)

In Doha, we’ll get to view the supermoon on Monday (6 a.m. is 2 p.m. Doha time). The moon’s distance from Qatar will be 356,509 km (221,524 mi), which will be the closest distance to the country it has been this year. Keep a look-out for the moon on Monday from 2 p.m. onwards!

With the weather becoming increasingly cooler, it’ll be a great time for Doha residents to go outside and view this special, and rare, lunar sight.

Ideal places to view the supermoon are the Corniche, beaches, desert areas, rooftops, and even parks. Don’t miss out, the next time you will get to see a supermoon like this one will be in 2034!

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