Hunter's Moon: 2015's last supermoon experience

The scientific name for the phenomenon is called “perigee moon,” which refers to the path the moon follows around the Earth.

Updated: Oct 27, 2015, 15:59 PM IST
Hunter's Moon: 2015's last supermoon experience
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Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Watching the celestial occurrences late at night is something most people enjoy. This said, the midnight of October 27, 2015 would have provided you with the sight of the third and last one of the three supermoons.

The first two occurred in Hawaii on the nights of August 29 and September 27. At 12:05 am on October 27 was the final one for this year.

Bishop Museum reported on Monday, that it would be a full moon night, at which time, there will be a straight line between the sun, Earth and moon.

The scientific name for the phenomenon is called “perigee moon,” which refers to the path the moon follows around the Earth. Due to this particular path, the moon appeared to be slightly closer to the Earth than normal.

If you chanced upon the visual at midnight and had a hazy experience, scientists had given a prior warning saying that clouds and haze might partly obscure the moon.

Also known as a “moon illusion,” low-hanging moons can look unnaturally large and should be even larger during a supermoon. NASA says scientists and psychologists can’t explain exactly how or why the illusion occurs.

This last supermoon is known as the Hunter’s Moon. It is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon and the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.