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Perigee Super Moon

Jun 17, 2013
Photo by Janet Wilson Fenn

Photo by Janet Wilson Fenn

The moon will be at its Perigee—or, its closest point to Earth in a given month—on Sunday, June 23rd and will reach full moon status only 22 minutes after it passes this point in its orbit.

It’s Super Moon time!

Super moons appear larger because they are actually closer to Earth, but combine it with the moon being full, observing while it rises or sets, and especially when an object like a building, a tree, or mountains are in the foreground, and this is going to be good—we’re on a collision course, being swallowed whole—all sorts of fun fantasy options (for a minute or so until the illusion passes).

Time: precisely at 11:32 Universal Time (meaning 4:32 a.m. PDT).

Perigee: on June 23rd, the moon will be 221,824 miles away from Earth.

Apogee: on July 7th, the moon will already be at its farthest point—for the month and entire year of 2013— at 252,581 miles.

Thanks to EarthSky.org, Sott.net, and TeenTechs2013.

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Image credit: Marco Langbroek, the Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons

 




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