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Super moon shines tonight

July, August and September full moons will be super.
July, August and September full moons will be super.
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That ol’ devil full moon tonight will have super powers and appear larger and brighter than usual.
This effect, called a “Supermoon” happens because the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to the Earth at certain points.
When it is closer than 224,851 miles at the perigee, or the closest point in the orbit to the Earth, it is a Supermoon.
This year has a total of five Supermoons, two in January and in July, August and September when the moon is full.
When this nearness coincides with a full moon the effect of the super full moon is so stunning that humans throughout history have marked its appearance and at times even feared it.
The Super Full Moon was believed to trigger natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, storms and earthquakes. Modern scientists have found these fears to be baseless.
It can however, cause certain more pronounced effects such as higher tides.
The term “super moon” is relatively recent one coined by astrologer Richard Nolle about 30 years ago. Before that astrologers called it the perigee full moon.
Throughout history humans have developed special names for it.
The Native Americans and settlers of the southwest called the huge moon of summer the Comanche Moon. It has also been called at various times the Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, the Buck Moon and the Sturgeon Moon.
Best times for viewing this weekend will be as the moon rises on the horizon when it appears largest on Friday and Saturday .
The next Supermoons will be on August 10 and September 9th.

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