This is a rather special Monday, there will be a super Supermoon tonight.
Sure, there have been Sbefore — this will be the second in a series of three this spring. But, the full moon that peaks tonight will be closer to than any other since 1948. The full moon won’t come this close again until 2034.
Photograph by Anthony Ayiomamitis/Perseus.gr
When the moon is at it’s closest point to earth during it’s orbit is is called a “perigee moon”. When a perigee moon coincides with the full moon, the extra-large, brightly lit moon is known as a Supermoon.
Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
Those looking at the moon as it hovers closer to the horizon are in for a treat.reports that these observers will be able to see a “moon illusion,” which makes the moon look exceptionally big when viewed through foreground objects like tall buildings.
A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, some 65 kilometers south of Athens, on June 23, 2013.
It looks like we will miss the moon tonight as the forecast is for cloudy skies. So, if we miss this month’s Supermoon, we have one more chanceof 2016 will rise in the sky. However, it won’t be quite as close as November’s, which NASA says will be a “showstopper.”
This photograph from the 2012 perigee moon represents what would be my ultimate viewing of the moon rising.