Monday, November 14, 2016

Albay public can view Nov. 14 supermoon in PAGASA-Legazpi
By Alan Tan

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 14 (PNA) -- The public in Albay will get to see the biggest and brightest supermoon in nearly 70 years tonight (Monday) at the facility of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Legazpi.

Ariel Zamudio, weather forecaster of PAGASA-Legazpi, said the supermoon, which is a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal, is a phenomenon because the last time this happened was on January 26, 1948.

He said with the aid of a telescope and “if good weather will prevail,” the public will have a visual feast watching the Nov. 14 supermoon because the “moon will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 per cent bigger.”

Zamudio said this happens when when the moon is closest to earth or when the full moon falls on the same day as the perigee.

“The perigee or the closest distance between the earth and the moon will occur at 7:21 p.m. on Monday or two hours before full moon at 9:20 p.m.” he said Zamudio.

He said this will not come again until Nov. 26, 2034.

November’s supermoon is the second of three in 2016, the first of which happened on Oct. 16 and the final will occur on Dec. 13. While one of three supermoons in 2016, Nov. 14’s supermoon is the largest one since 1948 said the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. (PNA) LAP/GVR/AT/EDS