Pakistanis will witness Super Moon at sunset today. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department the moon will be closest to the Earth, since January 1948. If the skies are clear, the Super Moon will be sighted around 6:52 pm and will appear around 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal moon.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department explains the phenomenon of the Super Moon. The moon has an elliptical (oval) orbit, also called the Perigee, rather circular which decreases the distance between the two, making the moon seem brighter and larger than usual. The department reports that the moon will pass within a distance of 348,400 kilometers of Earth’s surface which is 48,280 kilometers (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the average.
Astronomers all over the world claim this to be a celestial spectacle after seven decades. University of Wisconsin astronomer Jim Lattis explains that the Super Moon occurs, when the timing of the Full Moon overlaps with the point in the moon’s 28-day orbit that is closest to the Earth. NASA reports that the Full Moon on 14th November will be the closest Super Moon to date in the 21st Century. However, the next Full Moon predictions are in 2034.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects, The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
Other countries are already witnessing the Super Moon in their skies. In Australia, sky watchers climbed on top of Sydney Harbor Bridge to get a closer view of the spectacle. A winter Super Moon is a rare sight so do not miss it!