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Supermoon shines down on the Black Country

By john workman  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

The supermoon of 2013, skipping over rooftops in the BLack Country.

The supermoon of 2013, skipping over rooftops in the BLack Country.

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At 8.55pm on Sunday, 23rd June the moon rose in the south-east, but was unfortunately hidden behind a veil of cloud.

Tantalisingly, just out of sight, the moon was in a phase called perigee, when it comes closest to the earth.

The effect makes the moon seem 14% bigger and 30% brighter, and helped by a series of coincidences, when the sun, the earth and the moon are all aligned at the same time as a full moon, this magnificent phenomenon is created.

The best time to view a super moon is just after it rises above the horizon, when it appears even bigger. But there was no sight of it until about 55 minutes after its steady climb into the heavens had begun.

With more cloud about to obscure the view within minutes, the Bugle cameraman quickly took the opportunity to record the Black Country’s very own 2013 “supermoon” in all its magnificence.

The next one wont be visible until August 2014.

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