When is the best time to see today’s ‘undeniably beautiful’ supermoon?
09:51 14 November 2016
The moon will be the brightest and biggest we’ve seen for nearly 70 years
A rare phenomenon known as the ‘supermoon’ will be lighting up the county’s skies today, if you can peer through the clouds.
The moon will be the closest it has been to earth for nearly 70-years, and will appear brighter and bigger than normal.
Described as “undeniably beautiful” by experts at space agency Nasa, the lunar disc will appear 14 per cent bigger and up to 30 per cent brighter.
Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.
At 11.23am UK time on Monday the gap between the Earth and the moon will close to its shortest point, known as “perigee” - a distance of 221,525 miles (356,510 km).
Sky watchers in the UK will have to wait a little longer before the full moon emerges in all its glory shortly before 5pm.
On top of the moon’s bigger than usual size, they will then be treated to an additional “low-hanging moon” effect.
This is an optical illusion caused by the moon being close to the horizon, where it can be measured against familiar objects such as trees and houses.
While clouds are predicted to cover the Kent skyline on Monday, the moon will appear only a fraction smaller on Tuesday, giving sky gazers another chance to witness this rare event.