A Supermoon will rise over Cincinnati this weekend

The word "supermoon" was coined by Richard Nolle, an astrologer, in 1979.

Also known as a perigee full moon, a supermoon occurs when the full moon is closest to Earth on its elliptical orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than normal. And with Christmas just a few weeks away, it's also usually referred to as Moon before Long Nights Moon.

In December this year, the full moon and the periodele differ in less than a day.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a flawless circle, meaning the distance between the two bodies grows and shrinks as the lunar planet plods eternal laps around us.

The moon will be full at 10:47 am Sunday morning and will reach it's closest point to earth on Monday at 3:34 am.


At that moment, the moon will not be visible over most of North America. Supermoons could appear 14 percent larger than the moon does when it is its farthest from Earth.

Full moons normally occur when the Earth is directly in line between the moon and the sun.

But according to earthsky.org, January will have two full supermoons, on the 2nd and the 31st. The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot. In this position, the moon looks larger and brighter than when it rises up in the sky, because when it is low, one can compare it with elements of the landscape (hills, buildings, etc.).

For the first time in 2017, the moon will be some 30,000 miles closer to Earth than it usually is. And because there are concerns over time that a super-moon can "trigger" natural disasters, NASA scientists and others who have studied the issue do not confirm these phobias.


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