Tonight you can say super size me without feeling guilty.
The full moon tonight, will be the biggest and the brightest it’s been for 18 years. The last time that this happened was back on March 19, 1993. The moon will be 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. This next time this will happen, will be in five years in November 2016.
The reason the moon is closer tonight is because of how it orbits the Earth. The moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical orbit and the Earth isn’t at its centre. It takes about a month or about 29 days for the moon to orbit the Earth.
The distance to the moon varies everyday during it’s orbit. The average distance from the Earth to the moon is about 240,000 miles. When the two objects are the closets they are at perigee and when they are at further distances they are at apogee.
Tonight coincidentally, the moon will be at perigee or 356,577 kilometers away from the Earth and it will also be full. So it will seem bigger and brighter than usual.
The best time to see it will be about 45 minutes after sunset.
So don’t miss this super sized astronomical delight this evening. I’m sure you’ll be impressed.
- Super moon: Clear skies set to reveal tonight’s lunar perigee in all its glory (dailymail.co.uk)
- Super Full Moon to Grace the Skies Tonight (abcnews.go.com)
- Super moon: Clear skies to reveal lunar wonder (dailymail.co.uk)
- Heads up. Full moon tonight. (goshyarnitshop.wordpress.com)
- Super Full Moon tonight (jbaynews.com)
- Happy Super Moon Night (wonderingpilgrim.wordpress.com)
- ‘Supermoon’ Coming To Your Sky Saturday Night, March 19th (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- What Makes a ‘Supermoon’ So Super? (space.com)
- Shoot The Moon on March 19th (pixiq.com)