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Super Moon for Loy Krathong 2016 - Biggest in Nearly 70 Years

Chiangrai, Sun Nov 06 2016
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The moon will be the closest to the earth, making it the biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years on the 14th November this year, which is the evening Thailand will be celebrating Loy Krathong so be sure not to miss this once in a lifetime experience as this is the closest the moon will get to earth until the 25th November 2034.

The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century, said a NASA spokesperson this week, who continued to explain that because the moon has an elliptical orbit, one side called the perigee is about 48,280 km closer to the earth than the other side called the apogee. This will cause moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter on the 14 November than an average full moon. When the earth-moon-sun system lines up with the perigee side of the moon facing earth and the moon appears to be on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, we get what is called a perigee-syzgy which causes the moon to appear much bigger and brighter than usual. This is referred to as a super-moon or, technically, a perigee moon.

In Thailand, the super-moon phenomenon will coincide with the Loy Krathong celebrations when Thais across the country celebrate by going out to natural waterways or pools to float Krathongs. They will have a rare chance this year to watch the moon at its brightest and biggest making the beautiful and spectacular sights of Loy Krathong even more special this year.

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