Prepare for a super sight

December 01, 2017

Stargazers will have a perfect opportunity to watch the last supermoon of 2017 this week.

Be prepared to be mooned this coming week.

In fact, get ready to be super-mooned!

Stargazers will get a perfect opportunity to watch the last supermoon of 2017 make a spectacular appearance as it rises above the eastern horizon early on Monday night.

The supermoon is a rare sight, and when it happens you’ll want to make sure you’re outside ready to check out just how breathtakingly beautiful it looks in the night sky.

All across Australia, the moon will be bigger and brighter than normal.

The best time to enjoy a supermoon is at moonrise, a little after 8pm on the east coast of Australia on December 4. All full moons bring higher than usual tides, but if you’re going fishing during the supermoon watch for king tides.

The term supermoon originated from the studies of modern astrology.

Despite the claims of some people around the world, the supermoon will not destroy the earth, nor will it turn you into a lunatic.

With the nice full moon on Monday night it’s a good opportunity to take a photograph of it.

There’s something magical about those pictures of the moonlight sky and dazzling stars; they convey a special something that daytime photos cannot.

Got a smartphone? Hold it over a telescope eyepiece, and with careful aiming you might get a few nice moon shots — and then you can email them to yourself.

It’s the best way to build up experience and collect a good number of moon selfies.

Supermoons are a good time to reflect on the first moon landing and what it all meant.

Neil Armstrong was the first man chosen from an impressive pilot list to walk on the moon — but he nearly didn’t make it. Armstrong handed in his NASA application a week late, and were it not for a friend secretly slipping it into the pile, he would have been rejected.

Apparently, the space agency no longer has the original video tapes of the moon landing because they recorded over them.

David Reneke is a feature writer for Australasian Science magazine and a correspondent for ABC and commercial radio. Get David’s free newsletter at www.davidreneke.com

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