Monday Morning Musings

This is a rather special Monday, there will be a super Supermoon tonight.

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Sure, there have been Supermoons before — this will be the second in a series of three this spring. But, the full moon that peaks  tonight will be closer to Earth than any other since 1948. The full moon won’t come this close again until 2034.

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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.

A cross atop of a local monastery stands in front of the moon in the settlement of Poschupovo in Ryazan regionPhoto by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Those looking at the moon as it hovers closer to the horizon are in for a treat. NASA 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.

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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 chance on Dec. 14, when the last Supermoon of 2016 will rise in the sky. However, it won’t be quite as close as November’s, which NASA says will be a “showstopper.”

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This photograph from the 2012 perigee moon represents what would be my ultimate viewing of the moon rising.

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