Súper Luna

On Tuesday June 14, for the second time this year, our natural satellite will be the protagonist of one of the most beautiful shows that the universe offers, known as super moon.

This phenomenon can be seen starting at 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday, starting from the east (via the Cordillera) and hiding around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15 from the west (via the sea).

Ramsés Jerez, an astronomer at the University of Valparaíso and holder of a master’s degree in astrophysics, commented that “this is the second Super Moon of the year. On this occasion, and since the moon’s orbit is elliptical, It will reach a position about 352,000 kilometers from Earth

Moreover, he clarified that “a Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the moon will reach its highest altitude tonightmoment at which it will be at this distance, being the shortest of its orbit with respect to the Earth (phase called Perigee)”.

“We will be able to see the moon in all its glory, as long as the weather is with us and it is clear. It is ideal to accompany a moonlit evening, with a cheese platter and a good Merlot”, comments the astronomer.

He also added that “this Super Moon is also known as the Strawberry Moon, as it coincides with the end of the strawberry growing season in the northern hemisphere. The moon is very beautiful when observed at the time of its rising and concealment.

“By harnessing the ability of our planet’s atmosphere to refract light, it is possible to observe a very large moon, similar to observing an object inside a glass of water. The magnification effect is produced and it looks a bit yellowish,” he said.

Binoculars or telescopes

Recommended Ramses Jerez that “we can observe the Super Moon directly with our eyes. No special instrument is needed to observe it.

However, he noted that “those who want to use binoculars or telescopes should incorporate special filters to decrease the brightness of the moon through the instrument. Polarizing filters or surface reducers are used for this purpose”.

He also warned that “prolonged exposures to light reflected from the moon in our eyes can cause temporary blindness and eye damage if this exposure is very long. The moon reflects sunlight, so we look at this radiation indirectly.”



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