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Astronomical delight of supermoon at Nehru planetarium

2-supermoon (File) Supermoon phenomenon, when the moon appears the closest to earth

The Nehru Planetarium has set up telescopes for stargazers for the heavenly sight of 'supermoon' on Monday and Tuesday, when the celestial body appears the brightest in nearly 70 years.

The two-day event to view the biggest supermoon since 1948 will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. on Monday. The supermoon can again be witnessed on Tuesday after sunset till 10 p.m.

Another supermoon of such proportions will not be seen until 2034.

At perigee, the point at which the moon is closest to Earth, the moon can be as much as 14 per cent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet.

The full moon appears much larger in diameter and, because it is larger, shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth surface, according to NASA.

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