With a few clouds in the sky tonight across West Michigan, you may still get a view of the moon. The full moon technically occurs on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 PM EDT. Every full moon is given a name. This one is the Full Sturgeon Moon.
According to space.com: “This large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain is most readily caught at this time. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon, because when the moon rises it looks reddish through a sultry haze. It was also known as the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.”
For more info: Space Watch
This moon is a “supermoon” and we will have three in a row this year. Technically this is called a perigee noon. According to a NASA report: “Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright.
This coincidence happens three times in 2014. On July 12th and Sept 9th the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee. On August 10th it becomes full during the same hour as perigee—arguably making it an extra-super Moon."
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