A "supermoon" appeared in the sky above Ningbo in the evening of July, 13th,when the natural satellite will be at its biggest and brightest in 14 years. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.
"The weather is good, and we enjoyed seeing a much bigger and brighter moon than usual," said a citizen.
The moon's distance from Earth varies between approximately 350,000 km and 400,000 km due to its oval orbit, meaning it appears to be various sizes when seen from our planet.
The distance is about 357399 km on 02:38AM, July 14th。At that time, the moon will be the brightest of this year as it will "directly face" the sun and reflect all sunlight to the earth; at noon, the moon will be the biggest of this year as it will arrive at its perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its orbit.
Residents in Ningbo observe the phenomenon by telescope or other astronomic viewing apparatus.
"The supermoon is neither mysterious nor strange. It is a normal celestial phenomenon and will not affect people's lives," said an expert.
By Jin Lu