What the heck! Last month it was blue and now the Moon is super?
Is this another one of those Mars will be big as a blue whale held at arms-length kind of posts? Not at all, but the Moon will indeed be super on August 30th. What does it mean? Technically speaking the name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. When our Moon reaches more than 90% of its closest point to the Earth at full or new, it appears approximately 14% larger by area and, therefore, “super”. This isn’t a technical astronomical term. However, the term has gained popularity of late and it’s certainly more interesting than perigee full-moon. It’s simply a coincidence that happens pretty regularly, but often you may have three in the row, which is what we’ll have in August, September and October. 2015 has a total of six Supermoons, so if you miss this one, you’ll have two more chances in the fall.
Full Moon Perigee