Sukkot Will Feature ‘Blood Supermoon’

On the first night of Sukkot, Monday night, Israelis will be able to enjoy a rare celestial spectacle: a “blood supermoon.”

The phenomenon will be visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa, west Asia and the east Pacific.

It will be result from the Sun, Earth and an extra-bright Moon lining up for just over an hour, from 0211 GMT, or 5:11 AM Israel time.

"It will be quite exciting and especially dramatic," astronomer Sam Lindsay of the Royal Astronomical Society in London told AFP.

"It'll be brighter than usual, bigger than usual."

The Moon will be at its closest orbital point to Earth, called the perigee, while also in its brightest phase.

The resulting "supermoon" will look 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than when at apogee, the farthest point, is about 49,800 kilometers (31,000 miles) from perigee.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201056

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