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What exactly is a supermoon and is it rare?

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Supermoon.

STEP outside today, November 14, just after sunset and look to the northeast and you will see a large moon rising (assuming it is clear). Looks huge, right? Much bigger than normal? There are lots of reports in the media about this massive supermoon and how the full moon won't appear this big again until 2034. But what exactly is a supermoon and is it rare?

The moon orbits the earth, but it doesn’t orbit in a perfect circle. Its orbit is elliptical. There is a point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to earth (perigee) and another point when it is furthest away (apogee). When a full moon coincides with the perigee we experience a supermoon. In this instance, the full moon and the closest point in the orbit line up very closely meaning that November's full moon is over 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon that occurs when it is at apogee. This is the largest the full moon will appear for almost 70 years. When compared to a full moon at its average distance from earth, the moon will appear 7% larger and 16% brighter.

Adding to the spectacle is a phenomenon known as the moon illusion. Simply put, when the moon has just risen, we tend to see it close to trees, buildings, hills and the horizon. We have a frame of reference for it and so the moon looks bigger than it actually is. The same moon, later on in the evening, when it is high up overhead will appear much smaller. In fact, if you were to measure the actual size of the moon when it is overhead and when it is close to the horizon, you would discover that they are the same.

As for the rarity of a supermoon? It's not quite as rare as a blue moon; a supermoon (depending on definition) occurs once every 13 or 14 months, whereas a blue moon (the third of four full moons that occur in a quarter of a year) happens every two or three years. If you miss this supermoon, not to worry, The supermoon of January 2018 will be at a distance of 356,605km, a mere 82km further away that this one.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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