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.