Get Ready For A Supermoon, Earthlings

A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) –NICK UT/AP

The moon will be gracing our presence close to Earth this weekend with the second of three supermoons expected this summer, according to The Washington Post.

According to the US Naval Oceanography Portal, the latest supermoon will be on full display this weekend:

“The Full Sturgeon Moon occurs on the 10th at 2:09 pm EDT, within hours of the closest lunar perigee for the year. Yes, at this time Luna will be about 12% bigger and 30% brighter than it was in January, when Full Moon occurred near lunar apogee.’’

For those who don’t know, perigee means the closest the moon is to the earth.

Wow, OK, that sounds great, right?

Maybe not so much. (Sorry to rain on your parade.)

The Naval Oceanography Portal continued and said:

“You’d be hard-pressed to notice much of a difference between now and then. This is being touted as yet another ‘Super-Moon’ by popular and social media for reasons that I still can’t fathom, but for the most part it is a ‘non-event’ that is almost purely hype.’’

Well, it might be worth a glance anyway, as the moon, if it is clear, should hopefully still be full and bright.


In other spacial news, there is another event coming up that the Naval Oceanography Portal does think will be worthy of your time:

“The usual highlight of August is the annual Perseids Meteor shower, which are active throughout the month but peak on the night of August 12/13. This is one of the year’s most reliable displays, with hourly rates of from 50 – 75 per hour for a single observer at a dark site. Unfortunately this year’s shower coincides with a nearly-full Moon which will wipe out all but the brightest shower members. Fortunately the Perseids are known for having numerous bright “fireballs’’, so you may still be able to catch a few in the hours after midnight. Look toward the northeastern sky for your best chance at spotting one.’’

Though the Naval Oceanography Portal is playing down the supermoon, there are some stellar facts associated with it.

According to National Geographic, when the moon is at its perigee, it will be directly above the Indian Ocean, which will not occur again until 2034.

Also, the best time for you photographers to go out and catch this moon, according to National Geographic, is after sunset when the moon is rising.

The first summer supermoon was July 12 and the third will be September 9.

So go out and decide for yourself if the supermoon is a flop. Or get your rest and check out Twitter in the morning with photos.

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