On June 22 and 23, the Supermoon will make its closest approach to planet Earth appearing full, bright and huge in the eastern night sky at a distance of about 356,000km. That’s compared to the average measured distance at 384,000km. Full Moon will look bigger than your standard full moon. This is because the Moon will be closer to the earth than at any other time this year. Astronomers call this a perigee full moon.
Astrologers, like Richard Nolle call this a ‘super moon.’ A term used instead of the “Perigee Moon” that the astronomers prefer. The phenomenon simply refers to a full Moon overlapping with the perigee or the closest point to Earth. According to Nolle a full moon generally makes us more sensitive and emotional. Intimate relationships take on special significance and we become more concerned with home and family. We tend to pay more attention to our subconscious, with our intuition having a greater say in things than our more rational, conscious side of the brain.
There are a few super moons every year but the June 2013 full moon is the most super. This full moon falls only 22 minutes after the moons closest approach to earth for 2013. The Moon rises up in the sky on the opposite side of the Sun and the sky watchers can enjoy looking at the Supermoon throughout the night from the early hours of the evening until crack of dawn. Furthermore, the extra-close full Moon is most likely to accompany in large tides and strong winds down the ocean shorelines for the next number of days.
The Supermoon size will begin to look smaller as it rises above the sky due to the decreasing distance to Earth. A simple method can be used to check that the Moon’s size is still the same: Stretch an arm and hold out the thumb up to the Moon then close one eye to observe that the thumb still covers the size of the Moon.
Though some reports point out that the Supermoon is a rare occurrence, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) claims that the space phenomenon happens at an average of once a year where the Moon turns full within a couple of hours on perigee. After the June 22-23 peak, the Supermoon will not be visibly close again to Earth until August 2014.
Some of the circulating messages tend to exaggerate how big the moon will actually appear. And, of course, it will not appear bright purple or blue as suggested by some circulating graphics. Nevertheless, June 23 should present a great opportunity to view and photograph the moon in all its splendor.
* For Australian eastern states the ‘Super Moon’ rises around 4.50pm on June 23… full moon for east coast Australia is 9.33pm. It will look good though, at least gave a look and to cut down the glare through your scope or binoculars try putting on sunglasses…true, it works to cut down the glare.
As we said, these ‘super moons’ not only appear larger because they are physically closer but, combined with a full moon, the mind can play tricks on you to think they are much larger. This phenomena is called the Moon Illusion. Try to catch these full moons as they rise/set because the illusion works when there is an object in the foreground, like a tree, building or mountains. Source: Earth and Sky and Int. Business Times
Reprinted from Phantoms and Monsters, Pulse of the ParaNormal