Friday, July 11, 2014

UPDATED Sky Guy Viewing ALERT!! 1st of 3 Consecutive "Supermoons"

Hey Space Placers!

UPDATE - MY PICS 7-12-14


This summer we will have 3 consecutive months of the Full Moon coinciding with perigee (its closest approach to the Earth for the month).

The term "Supermoon" has become a part of our media/popular vocabulary but it is not an "official" astronomical term. Generally Supermoon applies when a Full Moon and perigee occur within 24 hours of one another.

For July the Moon is Full and known as the "Full Hay Moon" on the 12th at 7:25 a.m. EDT with perigee occurring on 7-13-14 at 4:00 a.m. EDT. It is worth taking a peek at the Moon on the nights of July 11-12th and 12-13th.

The Moon will be brighter and larger due to these circumstances but it is hard for visual and casual observers to truly quantify the difference from an "ordinary" Full Moon. Taking pictures to compare Full Moons will show an obvious difference.

To me a summer Full Moon is ALWAYS a viewing treat and the extra brightness coupled with the humidity of summer on the U.S. east coast will make for a pretty sight as the bright and probably yellow/orangish Full Moon rises.

Get out and keep the fireflies company in the light of the July Supermoon!

Sky Guy in VA

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