'Supermoon' to rise Wednesday: PAGASA


Posted at Apr 06 2020 01:57 PM

The "super moon" rises from the mountains in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on January 31, 2018. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A bigger and brighter moon will light up the sky early Wednesday, PAGASA said.

A "supermoon" is a full moon that appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the usual full moon. It appears when the moon orbits closest to Earth during its full phase.

The moon is expected to reach its closest point with the Earth at 2:09 a.m. Wednesday, according to PAGASA's astronomical diary.

"However, a 30 percent difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the competing glare of urban lights," it said.

The public will have to view the super moon from their homes as Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, and other areas have set home quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As of Sunday, the country has recorded some 3,246 cases of the respiratory illness, including 152 deaths and 64 recoveries.