It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s “Super Moon”!

March 19, 2011


I rarely if ever drive at dusk and at night (never ate my carrots as a kid), but I had to run an errand the other evening and was out later than I thought. Both my son and I noticed the beautiful moon hanging over the horizon in the darkening sky. It seemed to appear larger than normal. I immediately discounted this thought, as I’d read that this is an optical illusion– the moon appears larger when it is by the horizon, but it is not truly larger.

Photo from Wikipedia, courtesy of Luc Viatour.

I remembered this fact…. but still, the moon DID SEEM to be larger. Hmmm. It must be my imagination.

The next day, I read a news story about the “Super Moon.”

The moon IS larger!

As a matter of fact, what we saw was the rising of the impending “Super Moon”! Up, up, and away!

A Super Moon is when the moon is closest to the earth. The moon does not orbit the earth in a perfect circle, it’s more like a oval-shaped ellipse. Which means that at some point in its orbit, the moon draws slightly nearer to the earth. This is the “perigee,” the point where the moon is closest to us in its orbit. I think that’s pretty neat!

So tonight (Saturday night) at about 7pm, the moon will be SO CLOSE you could TOUCH it! Well, haha, not that close…. the moon is generally about 235,000 miles away. On Saturday night, it will be only about 221,000 miles away. The Super Moon will be 14% larger in our sky, and 30% brighter.

According to the weather prophets, the skies will be clear here in the Northeast (that in of itself is a miracle) so we can see the Super Moon in all its splendor.

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2 Responses to “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s “Super Moon”!”

  1. Mike Says:

    AWESOME! So tonight we’re getting mooned! šŸ™‚ Just kidding… I can’t wait to see the moon tonight!

  2. lin Says:

    It was awesome to see–so full, so white. šŸ™‚