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2018 Begins with Biggest Supermoon of the Year

CityNews – The first Supermoon of 2018 was a huge draw last night with hundreds visiting Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre to gaze up at the moon through telescopes.

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) brought a number of telescopes to Maya last night, January 2nd, as Thailand enjoyed spectacular views of the first and biggest Supermoon of the year.

The moon appeared 7% larger and 16% brighter in the night’s sky, thanks to its distance to the earth reaching a perigee of 356,595 km from the earth. For a full moon to be classified as a supermoon, it must come within 361,000 km from the centre of the earth. This supermoon will be the largest this year, with another full moon at the end of January (31st to Feb 1st) also close enough to be called a supermoon.