As skies clear out tonight, it's a perfect evening to look
up at the sky and find the full moon. This month's full moon coincides with the
moon being at its closest point to Earth during its orbit. Scientists call this
perigee. Perigee is reached about every 28 days, though it does not always
coincide with the full moon. When perigee and a full moon happen on the same
night, it is coined by the term Supermoon.
As the moon reaches perigee tonight it will be around
222,611 miles from earth. This is about 30,000 miles closer than the moon is at
its furthest point from earth. When looking up at the moon tonight, it will
appear larger and much brighter than usual.
We all know the tides are affected by the moon. So you may
wonder if tides will be especially high tonight. The answer to that is yes,
though the Supermoon will not affect tides to the point of flooding.
If you miss tonight's Supermoon, the next one occurs on
August 10th. This event will feature the moon at its closest point
to earth all year; about 221,765 miles away.
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