For stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts across the world, the Sunday sky will be a visual treat as the Supermoon will make its brightest and closest appearance this year. Scientifically called as the ‘perigee moon’, the celestial event will see the moon in line with the sun and the earth at a specific point on the moon’s orbit. While Supermoons are an annual occurrence, this will be a special phenomenon as the Earth’s satellite on Sunday will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter. To catch a glimpse of the moon in all its glory, Hyderabadis will just have to look skywards on Sunday evening post 6.49pm.
The moon will come closest to the earth and will be at a distance of 3,56,989 km away from us. “The Supermoon on Sunday will be doubly special as this is the closest that the moon has come to the earth since last year in May and it will be a full moon,” said Raghunandan Kumar, director and founder secretary of the Planetary Society of Kumar added that planets Saturn and Venus can also be spotted in the sky as non-twinkling bright objects in the east post sunset.
Like most such celestial occurrences, superstitions are associated with the Supermoon as well. Many believe the phenomenon to be a harbinger of ill luck which causes natural calamities and affects human behavior. The NASA, however, has debunked all such theories stating that there is no scientific evidence to show a co-relation between phases of the moon and the incidence of crime, sickness, human behavior etc.
Scientists closer home too are urging people to not shy away from the Sunday sky. “We would strongly advise people to come outdoors and see for themselves the astronomical miracle on Sunday,” Kumar said.
The next such Supermoon is expected to be seen after duration of one year, one month and 18 days that is, August 10, 2014.