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Back to back Supermoon, solar eclipse events will leave stargazers awestruck

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March 20 solar eclipse is one of the most highly anticipated events this year, but what makes the event special is that it will be preceded by another celestial even dubbed Supermoon – the event when Moon is closest to the Earth as it possibly can be.

Supermoons aren’t as rare as solar eclipses and they occur every 13 months and 18 days owing to the oval shape of Moon’s orbit and its elliptical path around Earth. When in perigee, the moon is around 50,000 km closer than when it is furthest away from Earth, or in apogee.

The importance of March 19 is that on that day, the moon will become full on the same day it is in perigee appearing as an enormous, glowing orb in the sky.

The Supermoon is definitely worth looking at as stargazers will be able to witness the Moon in impressive detail and if viewed through binoculars or telescope, the Moon’s surface will reveal a lot more detail as compared to when viewed on full moon because it’s not this close.

The next day, i.e. March 20, those in Northern Europe, UK, Northern Africa will be treated with varying levels of solar eclipse. Those along the narrow belt between Iceland and the Outer Hebrides will witness a full solar eclipse however, the the UK the maximum obstruction will be at Lerwick at 96.9 per cent obstruction. [Read More: ]