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Supermoon: how an illusion makes the full Moon appear bigger than it really is

By Osnat Katz, PhD Candidate in Space History, UCL
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No matter where you are in the world, and no matter how light the skies are, the Moon is always there. Our only natural satellite has inspired literature, art and science for thousands of years.

As the days lengthen in the northern hemisphere, it gets harder to spot some of the fainter stars in the sky. But our Moon is still there, and every few months we have a special sighting.

Not only is the Moon on 26 April a full Moon, it’s also what is known as a supermoon…


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