Bulgaria to see Supermoon on July 12, first of three in 2014

Bulgaria will join much of the rest of the planet in seeing a Super Moon on July 12 2014, the first of three this year.

A Super Moon happens when the moon is at its perigree, a point 90 per cent or closer to its closest approach to Earth. If you prefer, a time when the moon and the Earth are less than 361 863 km apart.

In Bulgaria, sunset will be at 9.04pm on July 12 and sunrise on July 13 at 6am, and there will a full moon – appearing brighter and bigger than usual because of the Super Moon effect. The best times to view a Supermoon are around moonrise and moonset.

Strictly speaking, the Super Moon occurs on July 12 at 11.25am GMT, though this will take nothing away from the spectacle in the night sky. Super Moons have few physical effects on the earth, apart from making tides swell a bit higher.

The two remaining Super Moons of 2014 are on August 10 and September 9. The August 10 Super Moon is the “big one” because the moon will be just 356 896 km from Earth.

betelgeuse The red supergiant star Betelgeuse as seen by the ESA’s Herschel space observatory. supermicromoon_paduraru

(Photos: Nasa)



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