Biggest Supermoon in 68 Years This Evening

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Vietnam has a bit of a history with planetary phenomena, ever since the 1995 total solar eclipse in Mui Ne, which was a large factor in promoting tourism for the then-unknown destination. Now, people in Vietnam get another treat: a supermoon (technically called a perigee-syzygy moon) visible for the next three nights (14-16 November).

A supermoon occurs when a full moon reaches its closest point on its elliptical orbit, making it look partly larger and brighter on earth, like in the photo below.

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This will be the biggest supermoon since 1948, according to NASA, but the difference is minute: tonight’s moon will be a little over 48 km closer than the one seen 68 years ago. The event isn’t very special (although the media does make it out to be), but it does make for some beautiful shots, especially if taken when the moon is near the horizon.

Photo by: Gk1089

The tides will be slightly higher than usual, but not dangerously so, said Dan Vu Tuan Son, chairman of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association.

Wondering where the best vantage points in Ho Chi Minh City are to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon? Here are some great spots: Chill Skybar, Air 360 and The View at Bui Vien are good open air rooftop bars to see the supermoon; any areas where there is less artificial light will help visibility, like the park right by Crescent Mall; alternatively, mid-points on Ho Chi Minh City’s bridges will present an open, clear vantage.

The supermoon will be visible around 8:52 p.m. The next supermoon to match tonight’s size and brightness won’t occur until 2034, but you can catch a smaller one a month from now, on December 14.

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