The Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) has announced via its official portal that Malaysians can expect to see a supermoon phenomenon unfold today at 5.09pm.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this phenomenon occurs when “a full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, a point known as perigee, with a distance of 357,263 kilometres between them”, as quoted NPR.
The moon revolves around the earth in an elliptical orbit with a mean eccentricity of 0.0549. Thus, the average distance of the moon from the earth (centre to centre) varies at all times, with the closest average distance (perigee) being 363,396 km and the farthest average distance (apogee) being 405,504 km.
“During a supermoon, a full moon can appear up to 7% larger than a normal full moon, and appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than a ‘micromoon’,” said MYSA.
The last time Malaysia witnessed a supermoon was on June 14, where an image of it was captured by the Langkawi National Observatory Telescope system.
Brightest supermoon for 3 days
This year’s supermoon phenomenon is also known as ‘buck moon’, which was named after the antlers that form on a buck’s forehead typically around this time of year, according to Lifestyle Asia.
This month’s supermoon will not be the last as calculations by experts believe that there will be another supermoon on the night of August 11, the fourth and final supermoon of 2022.
NASA has also predicted that the supermoon will likely be visible for approximately three days so don’t miss out on seeing the biggest moon this year and remember to look up high in the sky!
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Editor: Sarah Yeoh