Jeddah Astronomer: Dhu Al-Hijjah Moon Will Be The Third-Largest In 2022
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The end of the Dhu Al-Hijjah moon will be seen in the
Arab world on Wednesday,
the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.
On Dhu Al-Hijjah, the full moon will be the
third biggest and closest of the year,
and you will be able to see it all night.
The head of the Jeddah Astronomical Society,
Majed Abu Zahra said that the moon will arrive
at Makkah at 12:05 p.m. This year,
it will be the closest to Earth.
It will be 357,263 kilometers away.
After sunset, the enormous full moon will rise from the southeast,
and as it rises,
it will be noticed that its apparent size is large because
it is close to the horizon. When the moon rises in the
sky returns to its normal size in the middle of each lunar month,
an optical illusion like this one happens,
according to Abu Zahra.
The moon will reach the point of fullness at 9:37 p.m.
Makkah time, having traveled nine hours
and 38 minutes from the perigee to
the halfway point of its orbit around the Earth.
Its size and brightness will both increase
by 14% as a result of this synchronization.
The moon will be 30% bigger when it is
at aphelion than the smallest full Moon.
“Badr Al-Hadeed” is the Arabic name for the enormous full moon.
In other words, the moon is closest to the earth
when its center and the earth’s
center are separated by less than 362,146 kilometers.
This time of the month is ideal for using binoculars
or a small telescope to observe the moon’s radioactive craters.
Over the following few nights, the moon will rise an
hour later each day before eventually becoming
visible only in the dawn and early morning sky.