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Tonight’s not-so-super Supermoon…

14 Nov 2016, 09:10 UTC
Tonight’s not-so-super Supermoon…
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Only 8.30am here in the UK and the Supermoon media hype is already approaching potential Warp core breach levels…!!!
I’ve just been on BBC Cumbria asking people to be aware that this whole thing has been hyped up a ridiculous amount, and in fact the Moon won’t look *that* much more impressive, but I fear this runaway train’s brakes were cut days ago and a lot of people are going to go out tonight “Supermoon-hunting” and they’ll either be super disappointed with what they see, or will convince themselves it really does look huge because that;s what they’ve been told to expect.
This is happening a lot with astronomical events now – every meteor shower, no matter how modest, will “fill the sky with shooting stars”, every lunar eclipse will “turn the Moon blood red!”, every event is hyped up like a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Calm down, everyone. Here are the facts – which might not be what people want to hear, but they’re the truth: because it will be occurring when the Moon is at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, today’s Full Moon *will* look bigger and brighter than usual, but just a tiny 7% bigger than ...

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