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'Supermoon' viewers to get closest glimpse since 1948

Skywatchers are preparing for the latest "supermoon" as Earth's satellite makes its closest approach since 1948.

The UK's best chance to see it will be on Monday evening, with the moon set to rise at 16:43 GMT in Edinburgh and at 16:44 GMT in London.

To observers, it will appear about 7% larger than normal and about 15% brighter - although the human eye is barely able to discern that difference.

The Moon will be at its closest - only 221,524 miles (356,509km) away - at 11:21 GMT.

It won't be this close again until 25 November 2034.

The Met Office's UK forecast suggests it will be cloudy when the supermoon is closest, although it advises people to check their local forecast for the event.

As the Moon traces its orbit around the Earth, we see different proportions illuminated by the Sun. Once in each orbit, our satellite is totally illuminated - a full moon.

And as the Moon orbits the Earth every 27 days or so, it travels in an elliptical or oval shape.

This means that its distance from our planet is not constant but varies across a full orbit.

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