It might seem that the moon was extra bright and you would be correct as it is a `Supermoon'. The Moon is at Perigee-that is , the side if the moon's elliptical orbit closest to Earth. This actually makes the moon 5% wider and almost 11% brighter.
The term Supermoon also applies to crescents as well as full Moons. We didn't see the Da Vinci Glow, also known as earth shine. This is where the sunlight reflects from the earth onto the dark lunar surface. In the northern Hemisphere, Earthshine is extra visible in spring because springtime crescent moons are high in the sky at sunset
Will Shetland be chosen for the location of the UK satellite launch pad ?, well we are down to three sites. Saxa Vord in Unst is one and the winner will be announced on the 12 June. Last week Shetland Space Centre hosted an event to introduce the locals to representatives of the UK and International space industry.
Would be great to have this in Shetland so good luck to all involved. If successful it would be operational in two years time. Shetland has a history of delivering huge infrastructure projects and the fact the RAF have a secured site at the early warning facility at Saxa Vord all bodes well for the island.