Sunday night we saw the first real SUPERMOON since 1948! The technical name for the Supermoon is perigee-syzgy of the earth-moon system.
A Supermoon happens when a Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. A Super Full Moon looks around 12% to 14% bigger than its counterpart, the Micromoon. The next time a Full Moon is even closer to Earth will be on November 25, 2034 (timeanddate.com)
When it is on the horizon it looks even bigger as it is magnified by the earth’s atmosphere.
Bigger than normal full moons do occur 3 to 4 times a year, as seen in the picture below. There will be a larger than normal full moon again in December.
So what are the physical effects of a Supermoon on the earth?
Tides will be bigger than normal. Fisherman and sailors take note and lengthen your lines accordingly.
Some people say that you will see pixies and goblins dancing in the light of a Supermoon although The White Hole Star cannot verify this.
Others say that come Christmas, humans may be tempted by the moon to spend more money on Christmas gifts. Children, keep your fingers crossed that the December Supermoon will cause Santa to bring more presents than usual. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the pixies and goblins!
Dogs may howl. Don’t worry!
“The moon shines bright. In such a night as this. When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees and they did make no noise, in such a night …” (Merchant of Venice, Wm. Shakespeare)