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And it will be a particularly splendid sight, since the moon is at perigee just a few hours before it is full, hence the " supermoon " moniker. It will appear about 10 percent larger than an average full moon on account of being relatively close to Earth, just , miles , kilometers away.
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We humans enjoy the full moon because the entire near side, the half of the moon that faces us, is bathed in sunlight. But that of course means that the opposite side of the moon, the far side , is experiencing its night — and on the moon, that lasts about two terrestrial weeks. During lunar night on the far side, temperatures can drop as low as minus degrees Fahrenheit minus degrees Celsius , as China's Chang'e- 4 lander and Yutu-2 rover have learned from their stay on the moon, which began on Jan. Both robots shut themselves down each night to wait out the cold.
So tonight, as you look up at the full moon, spare a thought for the side of the moon you can never see directly and the two machines hard at work to solve its mysteries. Email Meghan Bartels at mbartels space. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium.
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