An astrological event dubbed the “Super Moon” will be taking place across the globe this weekend. The once a year lunar spectacle will cause the Moon to drift 14 percent closer to the Earth than it usually does during its normal orbit. (A mere 356,995km away)
It is estimated that the Moon will also shine up to 30 percent brighter than usual.
Astronomers state that the closer the Moon is to the Earth, the larger the variations in tidal patterns. The super Moon will take place starting today and will peak tomorrow.
The moon’s proximity won’t have any major effects on our planet, according to astronomers, who hope to dispel fears that the looming lunar orb causes natural disasters.
“While we know that during new and full moons the tides are greatest—and if it’s in concert with a storm surge it might produce unusual flooding—there is no scientific evidence that earthquakes and other natural disasters are connected,” Gyuk said.
“Supermoons have been happening for billions of years, and nothing particularly special occurs on these dates—except, of course, for a beautiful full moon.”
Another Supermoon on the Horizon
For photo hounds, the most picturesque moments during Saturday’s supermoon will occur in the minutes after local sunset, as the full moon hovers above the horizon.
“What you should see is the moon rising, deeply colored and looming over the foreground objects,” Gyuk said.
Because the size of the moon’s orbit varies slightly, each monthly perigee is not always the same distance from Earth.
Source: National Geographic