Stargazing enthusiasts were able to watch four supermoons in Singapore this year. And, the final one of 2023 is making an appearance, just in time for mooncakes season.
According to the Science Centre Observatory, another supermoon – The Harvest Moon – will be visible on September 29 during the Mid-Autumn Festival. This type of supermoon marks the beginning of autumn. So, it’s perfect if you missed the supermoons in July and August.
What is a supermoon?
For those wondering what the heck a supermoon is, we’re taking you back to school for a minute. As described by NASA, a supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth, and at the same time the Moon is full.
Normally, the Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, with the farthest point (apogee) about 405,500 kilometres from Earth. Meanwhile, the closest point called the perigee is an average distance of about 363,300 kilometres from Earth. Hence why a full moon shining bright in the night sky at perigee is called a supermoon.
What time will the supermoons be visible at?
According to predictions, The Harvest Moon on Friday September 29, will happen during the Mid-Autumn Festival. It will start to rise around 7pm in the East and it will reach its peak around 9pm. Allegedly, Jupiter and Saturn will also be visible over Singapore on Friday night.
Certainly, these supermoons are visible in any part of Singapore as you gaze up to the night sky. Although, we recommend relaxing on one of the best beaches, strolling through East Coast Park, or even tucking into a night picnic at Marina Barrage to experience supermoon spotting. Definitely, it’s the perfect free activity for interested observers and a fantastic thing to do with children.