supermoon saturday

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a clear sky on saturday night. Appointment “Supermoon” is in my calendar for 11:30pm… hope I can stay up that late!

Too bad the kids will miss it, cuz there’s no way I’m waking them up for it.

On Saturday, the moon will reach what is known as the perigee, coming as close as it ever does to the Earth, just 221,802 miles away. At the same time, it will be a full moon, with the entirety of its Earth-facing surface illuminated by the light of the sun. This supermoon will appear especially large because the exact moment of perigee will neatly coincide with the appearance of a perfectly full moon. The full moon will occur at 11:34 p.m. EST, and the perigee will occur at 11:35. During last year’s supermoon on March 19, 2011, for comparison, the perigee and full moon were 50 minutes apart.

~ via Smithsonian Magazine

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