This year’s bigger and brighter “Supermoon” will rise on April 8 to grace the night sky, according to the astronomical diary of the state weather bureau.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the moon is expected to reach its closest point to Earth at 2:09 a.m. on Wednesday with a perigee distance of 357,016.803 km.
PAGASA explained that according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a supermoon can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon.
“However, a 30% difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the competing glare of urban lights,” it said.
PAGASA added that the supermoon is a modern astrological term coined and defined by Richard Nole as “a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.
In astronomy, the supermoon is called Perigee Full Moon, a full moon that is closer to Earth than average.