On 14 November 2016, the moon will swing as close to the Earth as it has ever been in almost 70 years. At only 356,509 km away, this supermoon will possibly be the biggest and brightest moon that you’ll see in your lifetime.

What are supermoons?

On average, the moon is about 384,500km away from Earth. But the moon’s orbit around the Earth is not perfectly circular. Instead, it’s an ellipse. That means that sometimes the moon is closer to Earth, and sometimes it’s further. The closest point in the moon’s orbit is called the perigee, and the furthest point is called the apogee.

A “supermoon” is what we call a full or new moon at its perigee (<360,000km away). On the other hand, a “micromoon” is a full or new moon at its apogee (>405,000km away). Supermoons can appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a micromoon.

What is syzygy?

What is “syzygy”, other than a great word to use in Scrabble and Hangman games? In astronomy, syzygy means that three celestial bodies are lined up. During a syzygy of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, that’s when we see a new moon or a full moon.

Supermoon perigee syzygy

When to view the supermoon

On 14 November, the supermoon will be at its perigee at 7.22pm (Singapore time, GMT+8). It will be completely full at precisely 9.52pm. On this day, the moon will rise from the east-northeast. Pack some snacks, card games, and drinks and go moon-watching with your loved ones!

Where to view the supermoon

Here are four good places in Singapore where you can view the once-in-a-lifetime supermoon.

1. Pinnacle@Duxton

Supermoon Pinnacle

At 50 storeys high, the Skybridge atop the Pinnacle@Duxton will offer stunning, unobstructed views of the supermoon.

Address: 1 Cantonment Road, Singapore 080001
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm daily
Admission fee: $5 per person (payment by EZ-link card or cash)

2. Punggol Waterway Park – Sunrise Bridge

Supermoon Punggol Waterway

Located in the quiet northeastern part of Singapore, this scenic park offers beautiful nature views to go with the supermoon. Pick your favourite spot along the waterway and settle down. We recommend Sunrise Bridge.

Address: Sentul Crescent Road, Singapore 822313
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm daily
Admission fee: Free

3. Marina Barrage

Supermoon Marina Barrage

The grassy rooftop of Marina Barrage is quiet and dim (by Singapore standards), which makes it ideal for moon-watching.

Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Admission fee: Free

4. Changi Beach Park

Supermoon Changi Beach Park
via www.nparks.gov.sg

Changi Beach Park is a favourite local stargazing spot. One of the least light-polluted beaches in Singapore, this is where you go for the most stunning views of the night sky. It’s also northeast-facing, which means front row seats to the moonrise.

Address: Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Admission fee: Free

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