HERE COMES THE MAN AND THE MOON: Owen Bennedick from Wappa Falls Observatory at Yandina prepares for the super moon expected to rise early this morning.
HERE COMES THE MAN AND THE MOON: Owen Bennedick from Wappa Falls Observatory at Yandina prepares for the super moon expected to rise early this morning. Iain Curry

Supermoon peaks as Coast sleeps

SUPER-excited, many Sunshine Coast residents thought the super moon had arrived last night.

However their excitement was slightly premature - the super moon peaked at about 4am this morning, according to local stargazing expert Owen Bennedick.

With the swell picking up along beaches, surfers as well as astronomy buffs were welcoming the arrival of the enlarged moon.

Mr Bennedick said the super moon was 7% bigger in size than a usual moon.

He said the elliptical nature of the moon's orbit meant the oversized image being seen now was about 50,000km closer to Earth than when at its furthest distance away.

"The super moon happens about two to three times a year," he said.

"This is the closest approach for this year."

Mr Bennedick said the moon will remain a formidable presence in the skies for the next day or two. The best viewing platform was anywhere low along the coastline with an unobstructed horizon.

"It's an optical effect when it's closer to the horizon," he said.

"If there's any smoke or dust in the air it will create a blood-red moon, too."


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