March 19th, 2011 at 8:17 pm by under Weather

Tonight’s full moon (rising in the east just after 8pm) is going to look a little bigger & brighter than usual.  The moon is at its perigee (closest to the earth) tonight and is also full.  The moon travels in an elliptical orbit around the earth meaning there are times when the moon is close or at perigee (about 31,000 miles) and is farther away, apogee.

The moon will appear to be 14% larger and 30% brighter in the night sky.

The moon’s gravitational pull on the earth causes ocean tides.  Because the moon is at its closest point tides are going to be a little higher but only by an inch or so.
The last time we had a ‘super moon’ was back in March of 1983 and the next one won’t be for another 19 years.

The term ‘super moon’ has been coined by astrologer Richard Nolle.  He has predicted during super moons natural disasters have occurred.  Despite his claim the scientists have not been able to link the moon’s perigee nor its phase to any natural disasters.

Tara Hastings

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