SUPERMOON by hipydeus
SUPERMOON a photo by hipydeus on Flickr.


For the next few days, the moon will appear bigger and brighter – in fact the biggest for almost 20 years. Of course i went out to take a picture. I didn’t notice it was bigger, so i was quite surprised when i made this comparison.

The moon today was ~ 14,4% larger than the one to the right from last October. (Measured in Photoshop)

Known as a super “perigee moon”, the moon is about 49,889 kilometres closer than usual. It’s so close because the moon’s orbit around the Earth is an ellipse not a perfect circle.

Although a perigee moon brings with it extra-high “perigean tides,” it’s nothing to worry about. Armageddon has to wait until 2012 🙂

A little moon timelapse i have made just for fun

Found this cool video about it from NASA

One Response to “SUPERMOON”

  1. In addition to high water tides, it presumably produces greater stresses in the Earth’s crust and could trigger earthquakes?

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