Spotting the Supermoon

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The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up night skies all around the world this week.
It’s called the Super Moon, a term MGCCC Instructor of Chemistry and Physics Van Stringfellow says was coined back in 1979.
The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948. At closest approach, the moon will pass Earth’s surface about 22,000 miles closer than average.
“Generally there’s one or two Super Moons a year based on the original definition, but this is a really spectacular Super Moon because it’s the closest it’s ever been in such a long period of time. It makes the moon look about 14 percent larger than it is normally and it seems that you can see with just your eyesight more of the surface features of the moon. They seem more pronounced,” said Stringfellow.
According to NASA, it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948 and it won’t be this close again until 2034.

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