Monday, March 21, 2011

The Super Moon

Did you see the super moon this weekend? If you thought the moon looked brighter and bigger than it normally does, you would be correct in your thinking.

The full moon this past weekend wass classified as a "Super Moon" because it was the closest the moon had been to planet earth since March of 1993.

Picture courtesy of: rambo3715 from San Augustine.
The close proximity to earth allowed the moon to be 14% bigger than normal and 30% brighter than its usual appearance in a full moon setting. This close distance to the earth was a result of the gravitational pull the earth had on the moon, as well as the ellipitical orbit of the moon.
The next super moon is predicted to take place on November 14, 2016.