Doesn't that moon look just super

The supermoon over an East Launceston home. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

The supermoon over an East Launceston home. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

ALTHOUGH beautiful, supermoons are not unusual, according to QVMAG's resident astronomer.

The Planetarium's Martin George said a supermoon occurred when a full moon and the point in its orbit when it was closest to Earth coincided.

``This particular term, supermoon, was coined decades ago and caught the attention of the public,'' he said.

``A close moon may appear 14 per cent larger in diameter but it has nothing to do with the moon changing size.''

For those who missed the spectacle, never fear - Mr George said another supermoon was set for the afternoon of August 11.

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