Perth star gazers unhappy as supermoon stays dark behind clouds
November 23, 2015 - Supermoon
Eager Perth star gazers were left unhappy on Tuesday night, as a much-mooted “supermoon” stayed mostly dark by unseasonal clouds.
The supermoon had been approaching to demeanour 14 per cent bigger than normal between 6.25pm and 6.36pm, framed ideally opposite a object environment into a Indian Ocean, as a moon rose adult from a Darling scarp.
But cloudy afternoon conditions that continued into a night meant a skyshow never utterly happened as planned.
Even UWA researchers, who had hoped to snap photos of a fantastic steer as they denounced a new telescope, were foiled by a clouds. Fortunately Channel Ten weatherman Michael Schultz had a small some-more luck.
— Michael Schultz (@M_Schultz_10)
October 27, 2015
Director of a Australian International Gravitational Research Centre David Blair had predicted WA would have a perspective like nowhere else on Earth.
“Only here in WA, on this sold morning – we’ve got this object on a west setting and a supermoon on a east,” he said.
“At full moon time a object and a moonrise are always sincerely close, within half an hour or something like that, though to get it mark on to within a notation or so is what’s flattering rare.
“In Sydney it’s out by about 18 minutes, we only happened to be propitious for this.”
A supermoon occurs when a moon is full, and closer that 360,000km to earth.
The supermoon also served as a opening arise for 3 new telescopes during WA’s new Gravity Discovery Centre Observatory, that is a biggest open look-out in Australia.
US Consul General Cynthia Griffin was during a opening rite to cut a badge on a Falcon Telescope, designed by a US Air Force Academy to assistance mark incoming space waste that competence repairs booster or pound into Earth.
The Falcon will also be useable by students and a ubiquitous public.
Professor Blair pronounced it will be used to uncover a open spacial anomalies adult close.
“All a uncanny stuff; stars that circuit black holes and a other Einsteinian things out there,” he said.