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Dubai - The 'Super Moon' could be seen at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre

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Published: Sun 3 Dec 2017, 1:17 PM

Last updated: Sun 3 Dec 2017, 7:33 PM

A 'Super Moon' could be witnessed in UAE today, according to the website info from the Dubai Astronomy Group.
The group said the 'Super Moon' could be seen at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre from 5:30-9:30pm.

The programme will include a talk and observation, it said, adding the entry fee for adults would be Dh15.
The fee for kids under 10 is fixed at Dh10, while it is Dh30 for families. The entry is free for DAG members with valid membership cards, it pointed out.
According to Nasa, the breathtaking event can make the moon appear up to 14 per cent large than usual.
December's full moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon".

The full moon on Sunday night marks the first and only supermoon of 2017.

A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth, according to Nasa.

Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 50,000 km farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

But within this orbit, further variations can be caused by the Earth's movements around the Sun.

These mean that the perigee - the closest approach - and full moon are not always in sync.

But the occasions when the perigee and full moon coincide have become known as supermoons.

NASA has said that Sunday's supermoon is first in a series of three supermoons. The next two will appear on January 1 and 31, 2018.

In 2016, the Moon made its closest approach to Earth since 1948. It won't be that close again until November 25, 2034.
(With inputs from IANS)

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