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Supermoon Tonight or 16 Inch Pizza

A supermoon could be seen from the East Fjords tonight, but elsewhere in the country a cloud cover is expected. This is the closest a full moon has been to the earth since 1948, according to RÚV.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is elliptical in shape, and when a full moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the earth, it is called a supermoon. Right now, the moon is less than 367,000 km (228,000 miles) from the earth.

Astronomy expert Sævar Helgi Bragason, who heads the Astronomy Association of Seltjarnarnes, told RÚV the phenomenon has been exaggerated on social media, and he advises people not to get overexcited.

“There is in fact not much ‘super’ about the moon. It’s much like the difference between a fifteen and a 16 inch pizza, and I don’t know whether people would call a 16 inch pizza a superpizza,” Sævar Helgi joked. “But the moon tonight and in coming nights will be very beautiful, so it’s well worth looking at.” People should just not expect a gigantic moon from the movies to be in the sky, he warned.

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