While the West observed “Super Blood Wolf Moon” (as described to be a merger of super moon and a total lunar eclipse), Middle East welcomes “Super Moon”, a full-moon that brights considerably more than its usual luminosity and exhibits a bigger view than its conventional appearance .
Lunar eclipse, however, was observed in middle east as well, but it was partial eclipse, it wasn’t much noticed. Unlike the super moon, which dazzled the stargazers with its emerging beauty. I myself got lost in its brightness for seconds. The way it shined, I guess I never observed before.
Although the super moon was observed on the night of 21st Jan, a phenomenal moon shine was noticed for two consecutive nights (on Jan 20 and 21), which was observed easily by naked eye.
Some awesome scenes were captured across the Holy city of Makkah Mukarramah, sharing here some of those.
What is a Super Moon?
A full moon when acquires the closest spot of its trajectory around the earth, it appears larger and brighter, thus termed as “Super Moon”.
It is, however, not an official astronomical terminology, and was firstly devised by an astrologer, Richard Noelle (in 1971) in Dell horoscope magazine.
He mentioned ” … a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. “
There is no particular criterion to categorize the full moon being a Super moon or not. Different outlets define it there own way. Possibly you can find a condition of the full moon befitting a super moon but is not being fulfilled by the other.
Super moon’s scientific name is perigee-syzgy, based on the trajectory it follows i.e. when the moon reaches the closest point of its orbit to the earth (perigee) and at the same time the earth, the sun and the moon are aligned (syzgy).
Coming up next!!!
Having seen it a night ago, star gazers will be getting another chance the very next month; date: Feb 19, 2019; the second super moon of the year.
And not only this, the third one shall be observed the following month, date: Mar 21, 2019.
It’s a rare occurrence of three super moons in three consecutive months, one after the other.
So, moon lovers…..be ready!!!
All praises to Allah SWT, the Lord most high. It is He, who manipulates His creation as He likes to !!!
Note: Special thanks to Youssef Bajjash, for his contribution through his pictures.