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Canberra bathed in supermoon’s supermoonlight

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27.01.2019

One night last week we were sitting at home minding our own business, enjoying watching men in royal purple pyjamas play BBL cricket on TV. Suddenly a giant trespasser’s palely scary face looked in at us through a window.

It turned out to be the moon.

A jet plane flies across a supermoon seen from Beijing in November 2016. Credit:Ng Han Guan

Some of us find the moon a little alarming at the best of times, never able to forget Donald Barthelme’s famous insight “See the moon? It hates us.”

All moons are unnerving but this was an unusually big and bright one (which was why we didn’t recognise it at first) because, a little research reveals, it was a Supermoon.

Supermoons swagger into our skies, pressing their noses against our windows, when a full moon occurs during the Moon's closest approach to Earth. Supermoons appear larger and brighter in the sky than routinely baloony moons.

The moon is already on thinking minds because this month in a first for our species China has achieved the first soft landing of a probe on the mysterious far side of the moon. A rover has been successfully trundled out on to the moon’s surface and, dutifully, has sent home its first pictures of its surroundings.

Alas, the pictures of dusty wastes dash any hopes that the far side of the moon might make up for the........

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