This Supermoon this weekend isn’t gonna be like your regular, run-of-the mill Supermoon, no, yo. This Supermoon will be takin’ it to the Extreme!
Supermoons are what it’s called when the moon is at its closest perigee to the Earth. When the moon is at its closest, it naturally appears to look like it’s bigger.
The full moon this coming weekend, the nights of June 22-23, won’t be just a Supermoon, but will be an Extreme Supermoon, takin’ the definition of “Supermooon” to a whole ‘nother level.
According to AccuWeather.com, this weekend’s full moon may look more impressive than any full moons seen so far this year. The moon will be closer to the Earth than at any other time in 2013, so it will make the moon appear larger than usual.
The term “Supermoon” is much less stuffy than how they’re known to astronomers: Perigee Full Moons. AccuWeather’s Marl Paquette, the term “Supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle. It is used to describe any full moon or new moon that is at 90 percent or greater of its closest perigee to Earth.
But, as I said, the full moon this weekend won’t be a regular Supermoon, oh, no. It will be an Extreme Supermoon. Those puppies only occur when a new or full moon is at 100 percent greater mean perigee. Instead of the moon’s usual “typical” distance of 384,400 kilometers, it will pass at only 356,991 kilometers away from the Earth,
Just think what would happen if one of the near-Earth humongous asteroids crashed into the moon when it was at its closest to the Earth, knocking it from its orbit, from where it would then plunge catastrophically deep into the Earth’s crust from which it probably originated in the first place and end all life as we know it on our Big Blue Marble.
Supermoons do have a somewhat stronger effect on tides than regular full moons. but they won’t make you go crazy, or cause more childbirths to occur, or have any adverse affects on behavior or the weather.
Probably not a whole lot will occur that’s any different between this weekend’s full moon and any others, according to scientists and meteorologists. However, according to vampires and werewolves, scientists and meteorologists are full of beans.
Oh, and you’ll also be able to take some awesome photographs of the moon this weekend, assuming you don’t live in an area which will experience lots of clouds and storms.
In the USA, the best places to drink in the moonlight will be the Desert Southwest and the skies over the lower Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
The Upper Midwest will have the poorest visibility and conditions to view the Extreme Supermoon. There will be rain and thunderstorms in the atmosphere over the weekend there.
Most of the rest of the United States will have at least periods of clear skies when you’ll be able to experience viewing our moon in all of its glory. It will remove its Clark Kent glasses, and become a Supermoon.
The moon won’t be a regular Supermoon, but one that will be takin’ it to the Extreme!
Written by: Douglas Cobb