Supermoon 2016: Once in a Lifetime Sight to Be Brightest in Almost 70 Years Tonight

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Millions of star gazers will enjoy the moon at its biggest and brightest in almost 70 years tonight. The so-called "supermoon" means the planet will be closer to Earth than it has been since 1948.

And the "once-in-a-lifetime" sight makes it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal. It will be at its biggest in living memory, and offer brilliant photo opportunities, according to experts.

A winter supermoon is super-sized, because the Earth is closest to the sun in December each year, with gravity pulling it closer.

The best time to view is when it is low on the horizon as an illusion occurs which makes it look unnaturally larger.

It will be at its best around 8.09 pm GMT tonight, at a distance of 217,000 miles (350,000 km) from Earth, and it is best to avoid light pollution, such as street lights, when viewing it.

Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 - all years which had extreme weather events. The tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia happened two weeks before the Jan 2005 supermoon. On Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy laid waste to Darwin, Australia.

But experts say it causes no more than a higher tide than usual, and cannot be blamed for freak weather - or werewolves.

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