The last supermoon of 2016 is tonight, but will the weather let us see it on Merseyside ?


The final Supermoon of 2016 will rise over the UK tonight and star gazers are hoping for clear skies.

A supermoon occurs as its closest approach to earth which results in the moon looking about 14% larger and 30% brighter.

However, the met office say that it will be mostly cloudy so there may not be much to view tonight.

The Met Office say: “This evening will be dry, mild and cloudy with some clear spells, allowing some views of the supermoon and perhaps even the Geminids meteor shower if you stare long enough.

“However, cloud and outbreaks of light rain will arrive overnight”.

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Last months supermoon was the biggest in 68 years and there wont be another like it until 2034.

The next supermoon wont be visible until may 2017.

Tonights Supermoon will appear along with the Geminids Meteor Shower.

READ MORE: How & where to watch the Geminids meteor shower on Merseyside ?

Astronomers say the best time to see the meteor shower is between December 12th – December 15th after 2am away from light pollution.

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the finest meteors showers visible, the meteors are that often and bright they are said to rival the August Perseids.

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