Super Moon Astounds Earthlings

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Super Moon Astounds Earthlings

Leila Jamasbi '17, Writer

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On the night of September 28, the sky was filled with magnificence and illuminated with the super moon! All around the world, people gathered to witness this breathtaking, rare sight. The moon appeared approximately 14 percent larger than usual and radiated a beautiful reddish color.

For those who do not know what this is, a supermoon is a full moon of a given month that occurs at the same time the moon is at perigee – the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. When the moon hits its ever-shifting orbital perigee at the same time that it lies across from the sun, the sky is filled with this outstanding sight. According to Noah Petro, a deputy project scientist, “because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit.”

This phenomenon was last observed in 1982 and will not be back before 2033.

Sources:

http://www.space.com/11161-supermoon-full-moon-science-infographic.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/science/revisiting-the-moon.html?_r=0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11884692/What-is-a-supermoon-lunar-eclipse.html