How you can see a ‘supermoon’ above Portsmouth on Monday

Credit: Ian Carstairs
Credit: Ian Carstairs
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A rare ‘supermoon’ will be visible in the night sky above Hampshire next week.

The phenomenon is caused by the moon being at its fullest, while also being at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth.

The supermoon is likely to be visible on Monday night.

According to Nasa this means the moon could be up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a regular full moon.

Graham Bryant, chairman of the Hampshire Astronomical Group based in Clanfield, explained that the supermoon means there will be a much higher tide at sea than usual, which could result in some flooding.

He added: ‘This is the sort of thing that draws people towards astronomy. It tells us about the orbit of the moon around the Earth.’

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