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What to know about Monday’s ‘spectacular’ supermoon in Qatar

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

On Monday, Nov. 14, the full moon will be the closest it has ever been to the Earth in nearly 70 years. This means sky gazers are in for a “spectacular sight,” NASA has announced.

Not only is the moon expected to shine 30 percent more light onto Earth, it is also expected to be 14 percent bigger than a normal full moon, the US-based space agency said.

To enjoy the show from here, Jassim Lari, head of the Qatar Astronomy Club, advises staying away from high buildings that could block the view.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Speaking to Doha News, he said:

“I recommend being at the Doha Corniche, MIA park, or Al Wakrah Beach at the time of the event which starts around 17:00 (5pm). No tools (are) needed to observe it, so just sit comfortably, look east, and enjoy this spectacular phenomenon.”

What is a supermoon?

A supermoon occurs when the timing of a full moon overlaps with the point in the moon’s 28-day orbit that is closest to Earth.

The next time a full moon comes this close to Earth will be in 2034.

That said, NASA pointed out that there is one more supermoon coming up on Dec. 14.

For those who wish to photograph it, see some tips here. And for an-depth guide on all the places you could enjoy the moon in Qatar, see here.

Who plans to check it out? Thoughts?

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