Moon makes a super impression

NOVOCASTRIANS could have been forgiven for thinking they had an extra street light last night as a ‘‘supermoon’’ shone down on the city’s streets.

The skyline took on a lunar glow as the giant orb rose above buildings.

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Supermoons occur once every 18 years when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to earth as it moves elliptically around the planet.

The moon is 16 per cent brighter than normal and typically brings with it record high tides.

The State Emergency Service Hunter and Newcastle City Council said threats of potential flooding did not eventuate with no calls for flooding in the region.

Newcastle Astronomical Society acting president David Hough said the moon was brighter because light did not have to travel as far to Earth.

Mr Hough was looking forward to the transit of Venus when it crosses in front of the sun on June 6.

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