On July 13, the Moon will be as close as possible to the Earth

(ORDO NEWS) — The inhabitants of the globe on July 13 will witness a supermoon – a phenomenon in which the closest approach of the moon to the planet occurs.

On this day at 12:09 (UTC), the Moon will be at perigee – the point of its orbit as close as possible to the Earth. The distance between the two celestial bodies will be 357,263 km.

After 9.5 hours, at 21:38, there will be a full moon, and around midnight the Moon will reach its maximum height above the southern horizon.

In the case of clear weather in the sky, it will be possible to make out two planets accompanying the supermoon – Saturn and Jupiter.

Also, three stars of the Summer Triangle will shine above the Moon, and on the right – the star Arcturus from the constellation Bootes.

A supermoon is a combination of perigee and full moon, the time interval between which does not exceed three days.

The planetarium clarified that the coincidences of these events occur every year, but they are rarely close in time (less than 9 hours).


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