SUPER MOON – Go Out Side Tonight!

March 19, 2011

The moon is at its closet to earth today and will be seen larger than on any other day while Saturn and the brightest star Spica would appear larger. Whats so special about todays moon is that it is also full.  The moon’s orbit around the earth is not circular, but elliptical and when the moon is at its closest approach to earth it is called perigee.  Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Colombo, Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said that this phenomenon occurs each month but rarely does it occur on a full moon day. Today, the Sun and Moon will be lined up with the earth’s equator since it’s almost the time of the vernal equinox.

The moon lies only 356,575 kilometers away but earlier this month; it swung to apogee on March 6 where the moon was 406,583 kilometers distant.

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2 Responses to “SUPER MOON – Go Out Side Tonight!”


  1. […] moon… apparently it’s back.  Maybe not quite the same, I did my best to explain it here  but the word is to go outside tonight and check out the moon!  It’s closer (bigger) than […]

  2. A.Nell Says:

    We took our spotting scopes and were amazed at the view. Can’t wait until tomorrow night. Outside is the place to be!


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