PHOTO: Parts of Norway got to enjoy the supermoon in all its glory last night

SupermoonPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

During the night between Monday and Tuesday, the moon was extra large and round. Across parts of the country, Norwegians could experience the first of this year’s two supermoon viewings.

When there is a full moon at the same time as the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, the phenomenon is called a “supermoon.”

According to Wikipedia, the moon appears to be up to 14% larger as a supermoon, and it also shines much brighter than usual.

A supermoon on its way down behind Asker and Nesodden. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

It is best to look at the supermoon when it is close to the horizon; that is when one can experience it at its most powerful. The reason is due to how the brain judges distance – so that, in a way, it is a kind of optical illusion.

A supermoon is an unusual phenomenon that only occurs a few times a year. Do not despair if you missed the phenomenon this time. The next time the supermoon will rise in the sky is already on May 26.

After that, the next chance will not come until June 14 next year.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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