Super Moon will be closest on Monday

  • A�Special programme atA�Sanjeevaiah Park

Hyderabad:A�Moon will be closest to Earth on November 14, 2016, and it will be brightest since 1948. Moon would appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter compared to normal full moon. Moon rises at 5.45 pm on Monday.

Releasing a special posterA�titled a�?Salute: Indian Flag on Moona�� in connection with the eighth anniversary of a�?Indian Flag on Moona�� here on Friday, NA� Raghunandan Kumar, director & founder-secretary of Planetary Society of India, said Super Moon on Monday will be closest to earth at perigee point until 2034. He said in a year, Moon comes 13 to 14 times close to Earth but it does not always occur on day of Full Moon. Further, in a year, Super Moons occur 3 to 4 times. The year 2016 has three Super Moons on October 16, November 14 and December 14. However, the Super Moon on Monday is closest one until 2034. This yeara��s farthest apogee happened on October 31, 2016 (406,662 km), and the closest perigee comes on November 14, 2016 (356,509 km). Thata��s a difference of about 50,000 km.

He said Moon Impact Probe (MIP) Chandrayaana��1 India’s first mission to Moon was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation on October 22, 2008, and operated until August 2009. The mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor called Moon Impact Probe (MIP) which landed on the surface of Moon on November 14, 2008. MIP had Indian Flag embossed on its sides.A�

On this occasion, Planetary Society of India, with support from the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is organizing a special programme atA�Sanjeevaiah ParkA�(Largest Indian Flag) from 5pm to 7.30pm to observe Closest Super Moon and to Salute Moon remembering Indian Flag and MIP (Chandrayaan-I).

He said students are invited to attend the programme. For this, they can register atA�www.ournewplanets.infoA�or call/sms 100 Govt. Schools. The Planetary SocietyA�of India,A�as part of its a�?Kalam ObservationA�Centera�� programme, will conduct a series of activities in 100 government schools in twin cities from 14th November to 14th December.

-NSS

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