Supermoon seen through cloudy skies

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Supermoon seen through the clouds in Childwall. Pic © JMU Journalism

Supermoon above Childwall. Pic © JMU Journalism

Clouds may have obscured the view at times, but a supermoon graced the night sky across Merseyside on Monday – a phenomenon which has not happened to this degree in almost 70 years.

We last experienced a supermoon in September 2015, however this was the largest of its kind since January 26th 1948. This occurswhen there is a full moon or a new moon and it’s in a ‘perigee’, when it’s the closest distance to earth during its elliptical orbit.

This makes the moon appear up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. The phenomenon allowed many stargazers to witness the most spectacular moon of the 21st Century so far.

The next time we will experience a moon this size will be November 25th 2034, although the moon will continue to shine brightly for the next few days.

Many Twitter users described Monday’s night’s occurrence as a disappointment. However, despite the overcast weather in Liverpool, the skies did occasionally part and this led to some breathtaking photos in the city and across the water appearing on Twitter.

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