x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Big moon rising

If you enjoyed the supermoon, there's more to come. And nothing at all to worry about.

The moon is an enduring source of fascination. Ancient civilisations developed calendars by charting the sky, and the phases of the moon remain important in many realms, from agricultural practice to religious observance. It's only natural that there was great interest in last night's "supermoon", a phenomenon created when a full moon coincides with the moon being at its closest point to Earth during its elliptical orbit.

Supermoons - perigee-syzygy moons to astronomers - are not uncommon but they can be spectacular when seen from certain vantage points. According to Nasa, a supermoon appears to be about 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon.

Don't panic if you missed last night's supermoon; there'll be another, closer and brighter one on June 23, and a lesser one on July 22.

And don't worry that anything untoward is going to happen as a result of these predictable astronomical occurrences. Scientists say there is no solid evidence to link supermoons to insanity, earthquakes or anything more than minor rises in the tides.

The chance of a werewolf attack remains at zero.