Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Supermoon to Brighten Sky on February 19

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  • TEMPO.CO, Bandung - The phenomenon of super shiny moon or Supermoon will brighten the sky again on February 19. The latest happened on January 21.

    “[Supermoon] is a full moon as it reaches its closest distance to the earth,” said Avivah Yamani, an astronomical activist from the Langit Selatan Bandung (Bandung Southern Sky) Community, on Monday, February 11.

    The closest point of the moon to earth will be closer at 356,761 kilometers than the previous phenomenon on January at 357,342 kilometers.

    The moon will light up the sky starting when the sun sets until dawn. “It’s a good chance to observe the moon and its crater,” Avivah added.

    The moon will be brighter than usual full moon by around 10 percent during the phenomenon that is commonly related to the potential of a maximum tidal wave. Based on the website of Langit Selatan, there will be two perigees full moon or supermoon in 2019.

    The regular sky phenomenon also affects the sea tide as a usual full moon. “Generally, there are impacts [of supermoon], but its detail depends on the beach condition and type of the tide in the coastal area,” said Rukman Nugraha, an astronomer at the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

    ERWIN PRIMA