Tomorrow, Sunday, June 23, 2013, is the day of the supermoon. Yes, this weekend is when the moon will be at its closest to the Earth. At 7:32 a.m. EDT, the moon will be at its fullest and will reach it closest point 22 minutes before that.
This event happens because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is sort of egg-shaped, as NASA research scientist Noah Petro explains on The Weather Channel. The full moon will look larger and brighter than usual.
Astronomers call perigee the fact that the moon is at its closest point to Earth for a given month. When the moon is at its farthest point, it is called apogee, which occurred on June 9, 2013, according to timeanddate.com.
During this event, the sun, the Earth, and the moon are aligned, with the Earth in the middle. Gravitational forces applied by the moon and sun on the Earth could make our planet’s ocean tides to rise for a few days.
No special equipment is required to see the perigee moon, you just have to look up at a clear sky. According to science news site EarthSky, the next moon to be as close to the Earth will be in August 2014.
So check out the infographic below where you will find other facts about the supermoon of tomorrow, June 23, 2013.
Will you watch the supermoon tomorrow morning? Feel free to leave your comments below!
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|Source: Optics Central|
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