Did you see the full moon Tuesday night? For those who don’t know, it wasn’t just a full moon, but a supermoon. Supermoons happens when the moon passes closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it appear much larger than usual.
The supermoon certainly didn’t disappoint with many social media users sharing their photos of the ‘beautiful’ phenomenon on social media.
What is a supermoon?
A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. An astrologer, Richard Nolle, coined the term supermoon over 30 years ago, but now many in astronomy use it as well. Are supermoons hype? In our opinion … gosh, no, just modern folklore. They’ve entered the popular culture. And they can cause real physical effects, such as larger-than-usual tides.
According to the definition of supermoon coined by Nolle, the year 2016 has a total of six supermoons. The new moons of March, April and May and the full moons of October, November and December all qualify as supermoons.
The next supermoon will be visible to us Earth-dwellers on December 3, 2017, so make sure to mark it in your calendar.
SUPERMOON GREEN FLASH TIMELAPSE – Denmark