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Poor visibility for November Supermoon

November 14th Full Moon is the closest to Earth until 2034 Photo: KAREN WATTS

There may be a few cloud breaks around Merseyside and the Cheshire/Wales border Monday evening, but predominantly cloudy weather will interfere with visibility for this month's full moon.

It has been widely publicised as a visual spectacular - something we won't see again for another 18 years, and a moon that hasn't been quite as close to Earth since 1948!

The truth is, the naked eye can't really notice the difference when looking at a moon that is already over 200,000 miles away. It's the optical illusion - all relative to where the moon is placed in our field of vision - as to how big or far away it looks.

The additional point about this evening's moon, other than that it's officially closer and therefore will appear brighter, is that it rises up from the horizon after dark (approx. 4.40pm) shortly after the time the sun sets This is a time when many people are travelling home from work and are more likely to take note of it.

As the moon rises through trees, behind buildings and over mountain tops this gives the illusion that it's bigger, compared to when it's at it's highest point and visible only against the wide open space of the sky above.

Skies will actually be clearer Tuesday night, colder too - and the moon will still appear 'almost' full.

Don't be too disappointed if the cloud hinders your view. The third Supermoon of 2016 is on it's way 14th December!