The moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usually in the first few days of December, and the clear skies of North Wales offer you the perfect chance to see it. If you are staying at Prestatyn holiday parks in North Wales this weekend, be sure to head outdoors in the early evening, wrapped up warm and away from lights, to see the supermoon.
This weekend we will see the brightest supermoon of the year. The moon will appear on the evening of December 3rd and will be easily visible across the UK, if the skies stay clear.
It is expected to be at its brightest at 4.47 pm GMT and be a lot brighter than usual, according to research from space.com. The supermoon is also known as the cold moon, because of the cold weather we get in December.
A ‘supermoon’ occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth during its 27 day orbit, appearing much larger and brighter than during its usual orbit of the Earth. Supermoons don’t happen every month, as the moon’s elliptical orbit changes orientation as the Earth goes around the sun.
Stargazing in North Wales
North Wales is one of the best places in the UK to observe the night sky, and it is even better in winter, as you are more likely guaranteed a clear sky. Snowdonia in particular is good for staring up at the natural wonders of the sky, as it is an International Dark Sky Reserve.
There are several locations in the region to head to for the best views; Capel Garmon, Betws-y-Coed, is a Neolithic tomb above the Conwy Valley and has spectacular views. On Anglesey, Penmon Point, a pebble beach promontory is known for its wildlife, and also has perfect conditions for stargazing. If you have never tried stargazing before, head to Llanelian Community Centre, in the village of Llanelian, south of Colwyn Bay. The North Wales Astronomical Society hold regular observing nights on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at the centre.
If you get any good pictures of December’s supermoon this weekend, share them with us via Facebook and Twitter – we would love to see the snaps!