- Title: Supermoon rises in Spain
- Date: 13th November 2016
- Summary: GUADALAJARA, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) BILLBOARD OF SPAIN'S OSBORNE BULL AT SUNSET CHILDREN PLAYING UNDER BULL BILLBOARD BILLBOARD'S BULL HEAD / PEOPLE WATCHING SUNSET PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS BULL BILLBOARD IN FRONT OF SUNSET SUN SETTING PEOPLE FILMING SUNSET WITH SMARTPHONES VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON RISING BEHIND NEARBY BUILDINGS MAN WATCHING VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON OVER BUILDINGS VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON RISING NEXT TO BULL BILLBOARD VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON BEHIND BULL BILLBOARD VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON BEHIND BULL BILLBOARD WITH COUPLE STANDING UNDERNEATH COUPLE KISSING UNDER BULL BILLBOARD AND SUPERMOON BEHIND SUPERMOON BEHIND BILLBOARD BULL'S TAIL VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON NEXT TO BULL BILLBOARD WITH SILHOUETTES OF TWO COUPLES VEHICLE STOPPING NEAR BULL BILLBOARD SUPERMOON NEXT TO BULL BILLBOARD FULL MOON SUPERMOON NEXT TO BULL BILLBOARD SILHOUETTE OF BULL HORN ON SUPERMOON
- Embargoed: 28th November 2016 20:46
- Keywords: supermoon Spain bull space
- Location: GUADALAJARA, SPAIN
- City: GUADALAJARA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Science,Space Exploration
- Reuters ID: LVA00158A2VYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Spain had its first glance on Sunday (November 13) evening at the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades which will be on display in the coming days, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial "supermoon" spectacle.
Witnessing the rise of the "supermoon" was Spain's iconic Osborne bull, which sits 14 metres high on a hilltop in the town of Guadalajara near Madrid.
Children, families and couples gathered round the bull -- once an advertising billboard -- from sunset at around 6 pm (1700GMT) to witness the impressive moonrise.
The full moon will in coming hours come nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers have said. At closest approach, which occurs at 6:23 a.m. EST (1123 GMT) on Monday (November 14), the moon will pass within 216,486 miles (348,400 km) of Earth's surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average, they added.
The moon's distance from Earth varies because it is in an egg-shaped, not circular, orbit around the planet.
If skies are clear, the upcoming full moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual, making it what is called a supermoon, according to NASA.
A supermoon occurs when the timing of a full moon overlaps with the point in the moon's 28-day orbit that is closest to Earth. About every 14th full moon is a supermoon, said University of Wisconsin astronomer Jim Lattis.
The next time a full moon comes as close to Earth will be in 2034.
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