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Tuesday’s full moon will be a SUPER full moon

Tim Newton

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Tonight there will be a full moon. But not just ANY full moon, a SUPER full moon. Whoooaaa!

Whilst Koh Pha Ngan’s monthly full moon party has been shelved for the meantime, we can still appreciate this monthly phenomenon (well, not quite monthly). The The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand says that the April astronomical phenomenon coincides with the perigee – the point in the orbit of the Moon which is nearest to the earth – so that the full moon will appear larger-than-usual. But we’re only talking a few percent bigger and brighter.

This fluctuation in the full moon’s distance from Earth is caused by the fact that the moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t perfectly circular but very slightly elliptical. If the full moon occurs closer to the perigee (the closest point to Earth on this slightly elliptical orbit), it can appear bigger than if it occurs closer to the apogee (the farthest point).

If you’re a flat-earther you’ll have to come up with your own explanation.

The NARIT says tonight’s the moon will rise in the east from 7pm (of course the Moon always rises in the east). Of course the clouds from the early arrival of the wet season in parts of Thailand will either make the viewing impossible or perhaps more spectacular.

The NARIT has a few tips to get a great photo of tonight’s phenomenon… Use telephoto lens with focal length over 300mm and set your camera’s ISO at 400 or over.

And if you miss this supermoon, we’ll do it all again next month on May 26. This one will be even closer to the Earth and therefore slightly bigger, although the difference will still probably be impossible to spot.

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    Frank

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Haha love the part regarding flat earthen… I forgot about these people

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    James

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:05 am

    The The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand says that the April astronomical phenomenon coincides with the perigee –

    Repetition of “The”. Second paragraph, fourth line.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    I can hardly wait!
    I shall be there, mouth open, gazing at the dark sky, which I usually do anyway when I have had two cans.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    The Thai authorities will be thinking.
    How can we charge tourists to look at this moon. B500 for ferangs, B20 for Thais.

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    Niko

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    That will be great if you have telescopes but even naked eye it is a interesting fenomenon. That´s when werewolves come out

    During summer if you get up early when the sun is coming up you can see very well 2 red planets wich are probably mars and venus but as the sun rises they disapear.

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    anthony

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:04 am

    possible earth quakes in the ring of fire. ie a week before or after full moon

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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