Something exciting is coming to the sky nearest you. The Full Moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948. It will appear 15 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than your typical Full Moon. The Supermoon happens when a Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth. The Super Full Moon looks 7 percent larger than an average Full Moon because it is so close to Earth. It appears to be about 30 percent brighter. It will be beautiful, and worth looking up for.
Super Moon Dates
Super Moons 2017 to 2021: Dates, Time, and Distance.
Perigee-Syzygy of Earth-Moon-Sun system: 2017 to 2021
This calendar shows ‘Full Moon’ Supermoons.
These dates show the Super Moon at maximum Full Moon, plus the time and date when The Moon reaches its Perigee (closest approach) to Earth.
2017: Sunday 3rd December: Full Moon 15:47 GMT/UT | Perigee: Monday 04th December, 08:43 GMT/UT: Distance: 222,137 miles/ 357,495km.
2018: Tuesday 2nd January: Full Moon 02:24 GMT/UT | Perigee: Monday 01st January, 21:56 GMT/UT. Distance: 221,559 miles/ 356,565km
2019: Monday 21st January: Full Moon 05:16 GMT/UT | Perigee: Monday 21st January,19:59 GMT/UT. Distance: 222,043 miles/ 357,344km
2019: Tuesday 19th February: Full Moon 15:53 GMT/UT | Perigee: Tuesday 19th February, 09:07 GMT / UT. Distance: 221,681 miles/ 356,761km
2020: Monday 9th March: Full Moon 17:48 GMT/UT | Perigee: Tuesday 10th March, 06:34 GMT / UT. Distance: 221,905 miles/ 357,122 km
2020: Wednesday 8th April: Full Moon 02:35 GMT/UT | Perigee: Tuesday 07th April, 18:10 GMT / UT. Distance: 221,772 miles/ 356,908km
2021: Tuesday 27th April: Full Moon 03:31 GMT/UT | Perigee: Tuesday 27th April, 15:25 GMT /UT. Distance: 222,064 miles/ 357,378km
2021: Saturday 4th December: Full Moon 07:43 GMT/UT | Perigee: Saturday 04th December, 10:02 GMT/UT. Distance: 221,700 miles/
The ideal time to appreciate this Supermoon is in the morning, when the Moon is just above the horizon. A cloudy sky may cover the Moon, but a few clouds can make an interesting scene. Sunset also is an excellent time to appreciate this Moon as the colors of the sky are rich when the Moon is setting.
Supermoons have been blamed for everything from madness to flooding. Numerous scientists have conducted studies on this, and they haven’t found any significant findings that can link the Supermoon to natural disasters. When the Moon is closer to Earth, the gravitational pull leads to a larger variation between high and low tides. This can cause small ebbs and flows in the continents, called land tides. They are greatest during the Full and New Moons because the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same or opposite sides of the Earth.
All Full Moons are bright, but Supermoons are substantially and noticeably brighter than the ordinary Full Moons. This Supermoon will be the biggest and brightest in 70 years, so it will definitely be worth a look.
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