The biggest, brightest full moon of the year shines in the sky this weekend, which makes this the perfect time to take in the wonders of the night sky — whether or not you’re swept up in the “supermoon” hype. This “supermoon,” does it bring with it a super mood? I know at times my mood can be off, and I blame a full moon, but now with a supermoon what will my mood be?
LiveScience writes about the myth of the supermoon, which it says has been blamed for everything “from the sinking of the Titanic to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami of 2011.”
“But Earth science experts say linking geological events to the full moon is foolish. The gravitational changes created by a few tens of thousands of miles of difference in distance between the moon, and Earth aren’t enough to alter tectonic forces in any meaningful way.
“Nor have studies turned up evidence that the moon affects human health and behavior. A 1985 review of research published in the journal Psychological Bulletin found no convincing evidence that full moons spur mental hospital admission uptakes, psychiatric disturbances, homicides or other crimes. A 2010 study similarly found a lack of excess criminal lunacy on full-moon days.”
This time around, the moon enters its full phase at 7:32 a.m. ET Sunday, only about a half-hour after it passes the point in its orbit nearest to Earth, which is known as perigee. As a result, this full moon will look about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than it does at the farthest point in its orbit.
Even though one might say it’s a myth that our mood can change or be supersized, but if we believe hard enough doesn’t it make it more real?
You can watch a free webcast of 2013 supermoon full moon on SPACE.com on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24), courtesy of the skywatching website Slooh Space Camera.
I don’t recall where I was or what I was doing during last year’s supermoon. I guess that tells me that my mood didn’t change that much, or it wasn’t memerorable enough. Where will you be? Will you take a picture take 15 seconds of video with the new feture of Instagram? Will you use Vine instead? I know for sure I will be more aware of this supermoon not only because of its size, but because I’m writing about it for you all.
The moon’s effect on ocean tides is higher during a supermoon than any other time, so expect higher and lower tides than usual, reports Sean Breslin of the Weather Channel. (The high tide this weekend is also known as a “king” tide.) There is no connection between the supermoon and earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
“If you’re looking for a more thrilling lunar event, a larger supermoon is expected on Sept. 28, 2015, and the largest supermoon until 2034 will occur on Nov. 14, 2016,” Breslin says.
According to the definition used by Farmer’s Almanac, we’re getting three supermoons this year, including one that took place on May 25 and another that’s due on July 22. Neither of those quite matches up to this weekend’s moon — and technically speaking, this weekend’s supermoon is slightly less super than last years. However, these differences are truly imperceptible, amounting to mere hundreds of miles, one way or the other, across a total distance of 221,823 miles (356,991 kilometers). For what it’s worth, the 21st century’s biggest super-duper-moon will be visible on Dec. 6, 2052.
I will be around for a while, so I might just keep my eyes open to those other years too just to see if what they say will be true. I will also have my camera at the ready. You may want to get up and do a dance or make a wish and see if this supermoon becomes a super surprise for you in your life. If not at least you got to see a huge moon, and then you can go about your day. I believe my mood will be super, I just can’t tell you if it will cause pain or smiles when it’s over with. And if you miss it Sunday you have one more time this year to check out a supermoon, even though it may not be as super as Sunday.
By: Forrest L. Rawls