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Tonight’s Supermoon To Put On A Show

8 Apr 2020, 8:25 am

Round one was already spectacular and if you missed last night’s full supermoon, need not worry. Another opportunity rises in the eastern sky tonight shortly after sunset.

The full moon observed in London, Kentucky on Tuesday night courtesy Johnnie Nicholson (@thekyniche on Twitter)

Hang on a second. A supermoon? What’s that? Glad you asked! The term supermoon is relatively new(er) and is given to full moons when they appear bigger and brighter than usual.

It has to do with the moon’s orbit around Earth. It’s not a perfect circle! Moon’s orbit around us has a point in which it reaches its farthest distance from us (known as apogee) and when it reaches its closest distance to us (known as perigee).

Right now, it’s at the perigee point!

The full moon observed Tuesday night in Chelmsford, MA courtesy Jim Hogan Photography (@thurstonhow on Twitter)

Tonight’s moon will appear about 7% bigger and roughly 15% brighter compared to the “average” size and brightness of a full moon throughout the year, according to EarthSky.org. Here’s a good example of the difference of tonight’s supermoon (perigee, or closest) compared to the ‘micro-moon’ (apogee, or farthest).

The full moon at apogee (left) compared to the full moon at perigee (right). Credit: EarthSky community member C. B. Devgun in India

The full moon occurred at 10:35 p.m. Eastern, 7:35 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday. While we are just beyond the full moon, it will still appear big and bright this evening just after sunset. This month’s is known as the full pink moon, full grass moon or full egg moon.

If you get an awesome shot of it tonight, please share it with us! You can tag us on social media via Twitter and Facebook.

Cover picture courtesy Mary Reed Runyon in Hatfield, KY (@maryreedrunyon1 on Twitter)

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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