Where in Scotland is best to see the super moon?

A full moon is seen over Edinburgh Castle in September 2015. Picture: SWNS
A full moon is seen over Edinburgh Castle in September 2015. Picture: SWNS
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Skywatchers and photographers in Scotland are looking forward to a rare lunar event taking place today.

The moon will be closer to Earth than at any point since January 1948 - meaning it will appear as much as 14 per cent larger and 18 per cent brighter when night falls.

The so-called ‘super moon’ should be visible - depending on local weather conditions - from around 4.30pm onwards.

Those looking to capture a picture are advised to head to rural areas less affected by light pollution.

Remote Highland areas such as Sutherland are said to offer the clearest views of the night sky in Western Europe.

Moffat, a former burgh in Galloway, became Europe’s first ‘Dark Sky Town’ in recognition of its decision to reduce glare from street lights to protect views of its starry skies.

But the super moon should be visible from most towns and cities, depending on cloud cover.

Heavy clouds in Edinburgh are forecast to lessen by 8pm, although rain is expected in Glasgow by 11pm.

The moon will not pass this close to Earth again until 2037.