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A Superfull Moon Tonight – High Tides & Bigger Moon

Tonight is a special night since we will experience what researches at NASA call a super full moon. This means that the size and shape of the moon will be much bigger because it’s actually closer to earth. This happens every 20 years or so and its the result of the elliptical shape of the orbit of the moon’s rotation.

The elliptical orbit has two side. One side is called a (perigee) and is about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee). See the NASA’s video for actual details.

The full moon brings high tides but, its effects are minor since it’s just a few inches in tide difference.

Scientists are stressing that the superfull moon does not cause natural disasters, so there is nothing to worry about. The event is just a regular part of nature.

The supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than other full moons but you may not be able to tell the difference unless you see it through a telescope. In any event, it is still a great thing to see if you do get out to watch.

Happy mooning my friends.

Photo Courtesy of I am Marlon

  • Hrmnymangus

    I was out last night and did get to see the moon through my telescope and my god what a beautiful sight it was it was very bright and had a blue glow to it ,the moon was so full it was just amazing and absolutely breathtaking!