- Title: Supermoon graces Georgian sky
- Date: 14th November 2016
- Summary: TBILISI, GEORGIA (NOVEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF SUPERMOON SEEN BEHIND GLASS ROOF OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN TBILISI PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, GEORGIAN FLAG FLYING ABOVE GLASS ROOF, WITH SUPERMOON SEEN IN BACKGROUND STREET TRAFFIC SUPERMOON ABOVE MONUMENT PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOGRAPH OF SUPERMOON ON SMARTPHONE SUPERMOON TOP VIEW OF TBILISI WITH MOON IN DISTANCE SUPERMOON
- Embargoed: 29th November 2016 17:39
- Keywords: Supermoon Georgia Tbilisi moon spectacle
- Location: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- City: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- Country: Georgia
- Topics: Science
- Reuters ID: LVA00158F3K93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades graced the clear sky of the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Monday (November 14), giving locals a chance to catch a glimpse of the celestial "supermoon" spectacle.
The full moon rose over Tbilisi's famed Presidential Palace building and shined over marble monuments.
On Monday the full moon came nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers said.
At closest approach, which occurred at 6:23 a.m. EST on Monday, the moon passed within 216,486 miles (348,400 km) of Earth's surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average, they added.
NASA said the moon will appear to 14 percent bigger, and 30 percent brighter, than usual to those lucky enough to catch sight of it.
The moon's distance from Earth varies because it is in an egg-shaped, not circular, orbit around the planet.
The next opportunity to see a full moon come as close to Earth will be in 2034.
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