The second brightest Supermoon to grace the night skies on Sunday August 10

2014 holds three supermoons in a row, but this one will be an extra large Supermoon because its gigantic size and brightness will overshadow the other two supermoons with the first one witnessed in 12th July and the last to be on 9th September.

Astronomers refer this, not so rare, super moon as a perigee full moon. Perigee is the distance of the moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth. It will be the closest encounter with Earth for all of 2014.

What does the name supermoon mean and how special is the August 10, 2014 supermoon?

What is a supermoon?

The word supermoon was coined by Astrologer Richard Nolle  who used the term supermoon to define a new or full moon which occurs with the moon is at or near within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In average we have 4-6 supermoons in a year.

How super is this supermoon?

The moon to be witnessed in August 2014 presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth until September 28, 2015, at which time the moon will be a scant 19 kilometers closer to Earth. The full moon will come even closer to Earth on November 14, 2016 (356,509 kilometers). November 2016 will feature the closest full moon until November 25, 2034.

Will the tides be higher than usual?

Definitely yes, since all full moons bring higher tides than usual, but perigee full moons bring the highest (and lowest) tides of all. Each month, on the day of the full moon, the moon, Earth and sun are aligned, with Earth in between. This line up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.

 

   

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