'Supermoon' visible Tuesday, says PAGASA


Posted at Apr 27 2021 11:21 AM | Updated as of Apr 27 2021 03:03 PM

'Supermoon' visible Tuesday, says PAGASA 1
The supermoon as seen from Manila Bay City in Pasay on moonrise April 7, 2020. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article said the supermoon will be visible on Tuesday morning, based on PAG-ASA's initial announcement on its website. It is now updated to reflect the astronomical agency's correction that the phenomenon will be observed in the evening, as confirmed by ABS-CBN News.]

MANILA (UPDATE) - A bigger and brighter moon will light up the sky on Tuesday evening, PAGASA said.

A "supermoon" appears when the moon orbits closest to Earth during its full phase, according to the astronomical agency. It appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the usual full moon, it earlier said.

The moon is expected to reach its closest point with the Earth at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, said PAGASA weather specialist and research assistant Bernard Punzalan. 

The term is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition, PAGASA said.

"The real association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with an increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but no such link has been found," PAGASA said.

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