Even better supermoon expected next month

Posted on Jul 14 2014 - 4:33pm by Mark Labbe

Even though this weekend’s ‘supermoon’ was absolutely stunning, there will be an even better one next month, astronomers have said.

The Moon appeared much bigger and brighter than normal this weekend as it reached its perigee, which is the closest point to the Earth. However, on August 10th, the Moon will appear even more larger and brighter than this week. This is because the perigee will coincide with the hour that the moon is the most full.

supermoon moon earth perigree

If you happen to miss the supermoon in August – don’t worry. There will be another one on September 9th, although it won’t be as bright or as large.

When a full moon is at perigee, it is a whopping 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is at its farther point away from the Earth, which is called the apogee.

Although there were three supermoon events last year, people were not that interested in it. This year, however, is quite different. Nasa has explained that the fascination may come from a poorly understood optical illusion that makes the Moon look absolutely enormous.

“The illusion occurs when the Moon is near the horizon. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. When the Moon illusion amplifies a perigee Moon, the swollen orb rising in the east at sunset can seem super indeed,” Nasa wrote on its website.

Whether or not you get caught up in the supermoon hype, it might be worth checking it out on August 10th. Mark it in your calendars!

 

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  • Astroman

    “When a full moon is at perigree…” I think you mean perigee. :)