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This is your last chance to see the SuperMoon in 2014

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Image: Daniel Dudek

MISSED THE SUPERMOON when it was on show this year?

Well, now is your third and final chance to catch it when it appears this weekend (reaching its peak tomorrow night).

David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, did the precise calculations for Ireland based on information from NASA: the moon will be most visible on September 8 at 12.27am (355,392km).

The SuperMoon on Sunday night is almost as close as that of August 10th, which was technically the closest of 2014, though the difference will not be noticeable to the naked eye, it’s that small.

He pointed out that the moon will ‘look’ full to the naked eye for three days, not just the night of the supermoon.

“From Ireland, sunset and moonrise are close to 7pm on Sunday and it is from that time that people should watch the eastern horizon for the moon to rise and begin the spectacle” he said.

Even though the moon is not technically closest to Ireland at 27 minutes after midnight that night, the ‘Moon Illusion’ will make it ‘look’ bigger and more impressive at moonrise – see for yourself, and tell us what you think.

The moon will rise tonight at 6.30pm, and the following two nights (Monday at 7.30pm and Tuesday at 8pm).

So don’t worry, you’ve a few chances to see that big beautiful moon shining bright.

If you snap pics of the supermoon this weekend, send ‘em our way: tips@thejournal.ie

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