That’s No Moon, It’s a Supermoon!

March 17, 2011 at 6:41 am | Posted in Events, Science News | Leave a comment

Perigee versus Apogee

If you look up into the sky Saturday night, and think to yourself that moon sure looks bigger than usual, well, you’re right. On March 19th, the moon will be the closest it’s been to Earth since 1992, thus giving it the appearance of being larger. In fact, it will appear 14% bigger and brighter, like a giant night light in the sky. Each year the moon has what is called a lunar perigee which is the point at which the moon is closest to Earth (the opposite is an apogee). Besides making the sky brighter, the supermoon will also make the tides a little higher. According to some, it could also bring some ill tidings, but it is very unlikely.

It may also wake up the giant space slugs living inside the moon.

Regardless, wherever you’re at this Saturday, be sure to check out the giant moon hovering above us.

Posted By: Skuldren
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