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Saturday—A Full Supermoon

Saturday—A Full Supermoon

Full Moons tend to get a lot of attention. Especially here at the Farmers’ Almanac’s web site. This Saturday the full Moon will seem even bigger and perhaps brighter due to the fact that it’s not only full but also a “supermoon.”

A supermoon, simply stated, is when the Moon makes it closest approach to Earth, also called perigee. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is at least 90% of the way to its perigee position at the same time it is full or new. An extreme SuperMoon is when a full or new Moon happens at the same time the Moon is close to 100% perigee (happens in August).

2014 actually has five supermoons. The first was during the new moon of January 1, the second was on January 3, the third is July 12, and the next two are during the full moons of August (10) and September (8).

You should note that August’s full supermoon  on the 10th will be extra “super” or close because it occurs during the closest approach of the Moon to Earth.

July’s full Moon, also known as the Full Buck Moon, will be full at exactly 7:25 a.m. EDT, Saturday, July 12, 2014, but you may notice how large and full this moon looks all weekend. So get outside and check it out. Might be a great night for a nighttime boat ride or to try out your camera.

7 comments

1 Debra { 07.13.14 at 12:43 am }

When I woke this am, opened my eyes to see the full buck moon shining down on me soooo big, bright & orange! What a beautiful site to see! Guess I slept in this morning!? Wish I would have taken a picture!

2 Naphtali Joseph { 07.12.14 at 11:19 am }

Sat under the beautiful full moon early, early this morning.Was working on my moon tan!

3 A J { 07.11.14 at 10:34 pm }

Join us for the Super “Buck Moon” in Sedona, AZ, at Cathedral Rock Vortex. Drum Circle, dance and gaze in wide wonder at the glory of the Red Rocks bathed in moonlight. Blessings to all!

4 nett { 07.11.14 at 9:08 pm }

Going to Tucson’s Desert Sonoran Museum for a full moon evening.

5 Elle Spohn { 07.11.14 at 12:13 pm }

How often does a supermoon appear to earth? How many times in history has there been a 100% supermoon?

6 Natty { 07.11.14 at 2:25 am }

Is this full supermoon a rare occurrence or does it happen every year?

7 Kerstin { 07.10.14 at 8:02 pm }

My kids are already wanting to take out the telescope!

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