Sky gazers in the TRNC will join millions of people around the world in witnessing the first “super moon” eclipse in more than 30 years, in the early hours of Monday morning.
A super moon occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its closest point to the Earth, appearing 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter, according to American space agency Nasa. The last super moon and lunar eclipse occurred in 1982 and the next one will not happen until 2033. The eclipse in Cyprus is expected to start at 4.06am on Monday, ending at 6.23am.
The totally eclipsed moon will also take on a reddish hue, lit up by the glow of sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. The TRNC Meteorology Office said that skies during the eclipse are expected to be generally clear, although there may be some patchy cloud.