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Northampton photographer prepares to capture summer ‘supermoon’ this weekend

Supermoon captured in 2011 by Northampton photographer Jamie Cooper

Supermoon captured in 2011 by Northampton photographer Jamie Cooper

A big bright orange supermoon is set to appear in the sky on Sunday night.

Northampton photographer Jamie Cooper is preparing to capture the perigee full moon - otherwise known as a supermoon.

Jamie said: “We are in for a treat this Sunday evening if the skies stay clear. A perigee full moon, often referred to in the popular press as a supermoon will rise in the east at dusk (at around 20:04 BST for the UK).

“It will appear even bigger and brighter than normal as it climbs into ever darkening skies.

“Here is a previous supermoon I photographed back in 2011, colourful and distorted due the mesmerising effects of atmospheric refraction.”

Supermoons occur when the moon is at perigee, the point in its orbit closest to Earth, as it becomes full.

It is expected that on Sunday the moon will become full within an hour of its perigee. It’s expected to be as much as 14 per cent closer and 30 per cent brighter than other full moons this year, according to NASA Science.

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