This article is written by Lauren Lee and Eunice Lee from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School.
Living in a light-polluted city-state, it is difficult for us to catch many astronomical events or even to see constellations. The moon, however, is easy to spot, and even more so, supermoons. To us, supermoons are just an “enlarged” version of the moon. They occur frequently too — on average, you can see three full moon supermoons a year — so we have definitely seen a supermoon with our own eyes! We were curious and wanted to learn more about the supermoon, and this led us to create a video about it.
We humans have discovered less than 5% of the Earth’s oceans, much less the whole universe. How big is the universe? Is it infinite? Is there life outside Earth? Many questions remain unexplained due to how vast the universe is. Surely you yourself would have been captivated by the sun, moon or stars at some point in your life. Maybe you have also wondered about what else outer space holds. During the astronomy elective offered in our school, different phenomena were explained to us and this triggered our interest to question more. We felt amazed each time we learnt something new! We also truly discovered how insignificant all of us and all our problems are in comparison to the vastness of the universe.
Furthermore, our interest was piqued when we discovered that the closest supermoon of the century so far will happen this year! It will occur on the 14th of November, 2016. Being able to understand a little bit more of a simple concept that happens in the sky has made us even more intrigued by astronomical events – and that, inspired us to question even more about the universe we live in.
Below is a picture of a supermoon. This picture, together with a few others, are also included in the video we have made (above).