The largest moon of the year will shine tonight in the skies over the United States; this moon is called a supermoon because of how large it is. This particular moon is expected to be 14% closer than any other moon this year, and 30% brighter. Three large moons will shine this year, more than in most other years, but the August supermoon that will shine on August 10, 2014 will be the largest moon of the year, according to NASA. See the video above for a description of just how much larger this moon is compared to other large moons we have seen this year.
There is really only one supermoon of the year, even though some moons are larger than others. The full moon in July was large and some referred to it as a supermoon, even though, according to NASA…it wasn’t. The full moon in November is also being called by many a supermoon, but that isn’t officially one either. Only the largest moon of year can be called a supermoon, and this year we just happen to have three very large moons that will hover over the Earth. Expert astrologists at NASA explain this in video on their site.
There will be some competition for attention in the skies Sunday night, because the Perseid meteor showers have also begun, and the peak nights for those will Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Some meteor showers will be viewable Sunday night, and a bright moon will make it more difficult to see the showers, but according to NASA they shine a little brighter than other meteor showers.
The term supermoon was coined over thirty years ago by astrologer, Richard Nolle, according to Earth Sky. Before that time, many people would describe it as a very large or very bright moon. Nolle’s descriptive word caught on and people around the world have been calling the largest moon of the year a supermoon ever since.
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