A ‘Supermoon’ is Coming Out This Weekend [VIDEO]
From Fullerton — I am a big-time sky watcher. And we always try to keep you updated on KLYQ Radio about such things as Northern Lights, comets, and other interesting wonders of the night sky.
Well, this one almost slipped by. Y’see, the Moon does not orbit the Earth in a perfect circle. Sometimes it’s closer. This is one of those times where it’s closer AND it’s full. We’re talking about bright skies at night.
Don Deane tosses this story our way…oh, and binoculars work great for viewing.
Amateur astronomers may want to dust off their telescopes, because a massive full moon — aka a “supermoon” — will arrive this weekend and it’ll be the year’s biggest.
The moon will become full on Saturday at 11:35 pm EDT and orbit the Earth at a distance of only 221,802 miles, giving amazing views of a gigantic, extra-bright moon. In fact, skywatchers can look forward to a moon that’s about 16 percent brighter than usual.
But despite its extra-large appearance in the sky, there’s no need to worry about the moon causing disaster here on terra firma, according to experts. Scientists don’t expect earthquakes or catastrophic tidal forces as a result.
To get the best view, check out the supermoon when it’s close to the horizon. View the moon either just after it rises or before it sets with an object (a tree or building, for example) in the foreground. The resulting optical illusion will make it seem even larger.