Dorset one of the best places in the country to see tonight’s “supermoon”

Supermoon over Dorset. Photograph by Sally Adams

Supermoon over Dorset. Photograph by Sally Adams

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DORSET is forecast to be one of the best places in the country to see tonight’s “supermoon”.

The moon is expected to appear up to 14 per cent brighter as it reaches its closest point to Earth this year - a mere 221,765 miles away. 

A spokesman from the Met Office said clear spells are predicted for most of this evening across the county.

She said: “There are a couple of showers dotted around the coast of Dorset but it’s looking like a relatively clear night.

“Dorset is probably one of the best places to see the moon tonight.”

Experts say tonight’s “supermoon”, technically known as a Perigee moon, is set to be the biggest this year and could even be an “extra supermoon”.

The best time to view it will be when it appears lower in the skyline, just after darkness.

Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory said: “Generally speaking, full moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it's not all that unusual.

"In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported."

The "supermoon" coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower, which began yesterday and is due to end on Wednesday.

The spokesman from the Met Office said clear spells are predicted for Dorset on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening.

We'd love to see your pictures of the spectacle - email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or tweet us @bournemouthecho.

Lesley Meaker ‏@lesleymeaker 17m @Bournemouthecho super moon from our north dorset window pic.twitter.com/bADGldBJi6

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10:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

Echo - Dorset one of the best places in the country to see tonight’s “supermoon”

Met Office - 'Dorset is probably one of the best'
Echo - Dorset one of the best places in the country to see tonight’s “supermoon” Met Office - 'Dorset is probably one of the best' Chief-Wiggum
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9:51am Mon 11 Aug 14

Nickydoonah says...

Turns georges into werewolves

and the dead rise from their bedsits
you know
Turns georges into werewolves and the dead rise from their bedsits you know Nickydoonah
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