Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Super Moon

11/14/16 Monday  Proud Lake State Park MI

Got up early and took a few pictures of the Super Moon.  The moon orbits the earth along an elliptical path a Super Moon occurs when the moons orbit is closest to earth and the moon is full.  The Super Moon occurs several times a year, not that unusual except this one is closer than the norm.  Per the local meteorologist this is a Super Duper Moon the next time the Super Moon will be this close to earth will be November 2034.  During the Super Moon it appears to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal.  As the moon orbits the earth the closest point is called “Perigee”.  This Super Moon is 221,524 miles from earth.  When the moon is at the greatest distance from earth it is known as “Apogee”.  The point when the moon was at its greatest distance this year occurred October 31 of this year and was a distance of 252,688 miles from earth.  This Super Moon is about 1,000 miles closer to earth than typical.  The average distance from earth to the moon is 238,855 miles.