‘Bigger’ moon has been wowing night sky watchers

HAS the moon being looking a bit larger than normal lately?

It's not your imagination, although the moon itself hasn't changed in size.

Dubbed a "supermoon", it's when Earth's celestial neighbour comes a little bit closer to us thanks to its elliptical orbit.

So if you looked up in the sky on the last couple of nights, the moon has appeared 14-15% bigger and about 30% brighter.

"Sometimes it's a little bit closer, up to 50,000km closer than at other times," Sydney Observatory education officer Geoffrey Wyatt said.

"When you get a full moon and when it's closer than other times, it's been dubbed a supermoon."

Mr Wyatt said most people don't notice the supermoon, with the optical illusion lost somewhat when the moon was suspended in the night sky "without a reference point".

August 10's supermoon would be even more spectacular, he said. "It will be the biggest of the year, really worth checking out when it's low to the horizon because the illusion effect will make it look bigger and brighter."

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