Date
20 July 2019
According to the Observatory, there will be three supermoons this year: on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 21. Photo: RTHK
According to the Observatory, there will be three supermoons this year: on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 21. Photo: RTHK

It will be a long wait for the next Lantern Festival supermoon

Those who saw the “supermoon” lighting up the sky in Hong Kong on Tuesday should consider themselves very lucky.

That’s because the next supermoon to coincide with the Spring Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, will not come until 2081, or 62 years from now, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The Lantern Festival is generally regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day.

Supermoon refers to the phenomenon when a full moon is at its closest distance to Earth, this appearing bigger and brighter than usual.

The Hong Kong Observatory said the supermoon is occurring three times this year, on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 21. Tuesday’s supermoon was the biggest and the brightest of the three.

However, Hongkongers did not have much opportunity to see the rare celestial scene in all its splendor on Tuesday because it was cloudy the entire day and night.

The Observatory issued the amber rainstorm warning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, reminding the public to watch out for heavy rains.

The warning was raised at the second earliest time of the year since the Observatory started keeping records of the three-level rainstorm warning system in 1998.

The earliest hoisting of the amber rainstorm warning was on Jan. 5, 2016.

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