Posted: 14 November, 2016
The Supermoon Is Coming
Where's the best vantage point in your city?
Photo: 7 News
An astro-tastic delight for Australia this evening, the moon will be the biggest and brightest we've seen in nearly 70 years.
They're calling it a "supermooon".
To observers it will appear about 14 per cent larger than normal, although the human eye is barely able to recognise that difference. It won't be this close again until 2034.
To make things just that little sweeter, we'll be treated to a bonus Taurids meteor shower tomorrow morning, that can produce fireballs.
The supermoon will be visible from most parts of the country, cloud cover permitting.
Astronomer Dave Reneke has given us his top tips for spying on the supermoon.
"Get a good clear view of the horizon, make sure you've got a pretty dark area and of course binoculars and telescopes aren't really needed. This is one of those times when you can just get out and enjoy the sky," he said.
Here's the best times to catch the supermoon:
Brisbane - from 5:49pm, the popular Mount Coot-tha will be your best vantage point.
Sydney - from 7:07pm, sadly it looks like cloud cover will be blocking most of your view tonight. If you're desperate for a squiz, try Bondi Beach.
Melbourne - from 7:40pm, you'll get a stellar view from an east-facing beach.
Adelaide - from 7:32pm, there's a photography event happening at Elder Park, if you don't feel like getting in with the "professionals" find where high and dark.
Perth - from 5:20pm, head to Bold Park in the city for an uninterrupted view or Kings Park for a more panoramic scene.