Supermoon | Just An Illusion?

How I See It

It’s time again for the Supermoon. This post is for those who will have clear skies on the evening of July 11 or 12 and want to see the Moon closer and bigger than normal. Full moon is actually at about sunrise on July 12 when it is setting in the west for those of us in the U.S. Most people don’t notice it setting full. The view of it at evening moonrise, before or after full, will appear almost exactly as it does at moonset the morning of full.

First, a little sciency stuff. This won’t hurt a bit.

  • The Moon takes about a month to orbit Earth.
  • The Moon’s orbit is not a circle around Earth. It is a bit oval-shaped.
  • During the closest part of the orbit it is called Perigee.
  • During the farthest part of the orbit it is called Apogee.
  • Closer things look bigger and farther things look smaller.
  • The…

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2 thoughts on “Supermoon | Just An Illusion?

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      Let’s hope for a clear sky the evening of August 10. The moon will rise at its closest distance to earth for the year, a little bit closer than for July 12.

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