Beautiful full moon over Stornoway

Picture courtesy of Emma Fraser.
Picture courtesy of Emma Fraser.

It looks like you could almost reach out and touch it - this beautiful image of the full moon captured by Emma Fraser in Stornoway on Saturday night - demonstrates how awe-inspiring our heavens are.

The ‘super moon’ or to give it its correct title ‘perigee moon’ is the biggest seen in 18 years. The last full moon so close to earth occurred in March 1993.

Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee).

Meaning this perigee moon was around 14% bigger and 30% brighter to our eye..

The effect of the moon on the planet and on humans is a matter of some speculation, although it is believed that the crime-rate rises during full moon periods, however scientists reassured that the ‘super moon’ of the weekend would not trigger natural disasters, as the phenomenom has occurred many times without incident.

The best time to view the moon like this is when it is low in the horizon as it will look unnaturally large framed by trees or buildings.