Super moon over Timaru

Moon at its closest to earth this morning

Last updated 10:29 11/08/2014

Supermoon rising over New Zealand

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Stargazers were treated to a "super-duper-moon" this morning as the full moon reached its closest point to Earth.

The so-called "super moon" happens when the moon comes a little bit closer to Earth due to its elliptical orbit, making it appear bigger and brighter to the naked eye.

The full moon occured about 6.10am today, reaching its perigee - the closest point to Earth on its oval-shaped orbit - about 5.44am. 

Those who missed a glimpse of the super moon over Timaru will have another chance tonight. If skies are clear another impressive just-past-full moon will rise at 6.24pm.

The last super moon happened on July 9 and another would be seen on September 9, but today's event would be the closest of the year.

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- The Timaru Herald

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