Look ! Up in the Sky — It’s Supermoon!
Ever heard of a Supermoon? Spell check hadn't, so I had to add it to the dictionary. So, I've got that going for me.
Anyway, we're going to have a Supermoon Sunday and here's what to expect.
You might want to take notes; I could spring a pop quiz on this information.
The moon’s closest approach to Earth each month is its perigee; its farthest distance is its apogee.
Back in 1979 an astrologer by the name of Richard Nolle, in typical 70’s hyperbole, decided that when the moon is at or near it’s perigee, it was a Supermoon. So, what does that mean sky-watchers will see?
The truth is, like most hyperbole, the moon will actually appear to be only slightly larger and brighter than a regular full moon. The translation to that phrase is, “Get used to disappointment.” Still seeing the Supermoon may give you a future point of reference.
One day you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren, “I’ll never forget. It was back around the time of the Supermoon.” Actually, this Supermoon will have some minor effects on Earth.
It will cause above-average high tides, but not significantly higher than any other full moon; it won’t cause earthquakes, drought or famine.
On the other hand, if you suffer from lycanthropy, you might want to stock up on Nair.