Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Supermoon was well worth the wait

Supermoon was well worth the wait

Sir, — I waited patiently for the supermoon to rise above the mist on Sunday evening.

I had also hoped to capture it on Monday evening when it was at its closest to earth. However, having checked the weather forecast in advance, I realised there would be cloud cover.

It is interesting to know that the moon orbits the earth in an ellipse, not a circle, so it is sometimes closer to the earth than it is at other times.

When the perigee (the closest approach and the full moon coincide) it is known as a supermoon. The moon will not be this close again until November 25, 2034, when it will be even closer, within 221,485 miles.

Perhaps this gives me some additional time to source a stronger zoom lens! — Yours faithfully,

Niamh Tobin

New Road, Shiplake

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