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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.

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Full Moon              Perigee

8/29/15                        8/30/15

9/28/15                        9/28/15

10/27/15                      10/26/15

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