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Hong Kong poised for largest ‘super moon’ since 1948 and clear skies mean city will be able to see it

Observatory forecasts good weather for rare event next Monday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 November, 2016, 2:32pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 November, 2016, 2:36pm

Even though the Mid-Autumn Festival has passed, Hongkongers will have another chance to gaze at a full moon as the largest “super moon” to appear over the city since 1948 becomes visible next Monday.

The rare event happens when the moon reaches its peak while at its closest possible distance to the earth, making its diameter appear larger than usual.

The Hong Kong Observatory said the moon would appear to be around seven per cent larger than an ordinary full moon and that a larger super moon would not take place until 2034.

Any location on the eastern side of the city will offer the best chance to see the full moon
Chong Sze-ning, Observatory

Observatory officer Chong Sze-ning told the Post the moon would be nearest to the earth at 7.21pm Monday and appear full at 9.52pm Monday.

“Any location on the eastern side of the city will offer the best chance to see the full moon,” Chong said, noting that Tai Po, Sai Kung and Shek O were popular locations for moon gazing.

The moon is to be positioned 55 degrees above the horizon when it is full, making it easily visible, she added.

While cloudy skies are expected this weekend, next Monday is predicted to be clear and ideal for moon gazing. Temperatures are forecast to range between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius.