You've probably heard about it in the news recently but what is a "Supermoon"?
A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach it makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. This results in a full moon that can appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than it appears on a typical night. The name supermoon was coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, over 30 years ago. It was popularized and came to be the accepted term for most people only in the past few years.
By Nolle’s definition, the new moon or full moon has to come within 224,851 miles of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, in order to be considered a supermoon.
By that definition, the year 2014 has a total of five supermoons. The first supermoon, for 2014, came on New Year’s Day, with the January 1 new moon. The second came with the new moon of January 30, 2014. Next was July 12, 2014 and then last nights (August 10th).
The next supermoon will be on September 9th.
Phew! I just felt like I was back in my old Astronomy class! Now you might wonder how I learned all that...well, I "googled" it.
Really that info came from: http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-supermoon
Somewhere where they are a lot smarter than me on that subject. I just enjoyed photographing the Supermoon!
Crystal Nance Photography | Photographer | Helena, MT