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'Supermoon' Is Bigger and Brighter Because It's Closest to Earth

By    |   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 09:45 AM

The "supermoon" put on a light display Sunday night as it moved to its closest point to Earth all year, appearing 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when at its farthest point.

The moon was 190,000 miles from the Earth on Sunday night, 20 percent closer than its farthest point, when it is 240,000 miles away, Ben Burress, an astronomer with the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California, told USA Today.

"Three years ago, when the closest and largest full moon fell on March 19, 2011, many used the term supermoon, which we'd never heard before," reported EarthSky.org. "In the following years, we heard this term again to describe the year's closest full moon on May 6, 2012, and again on June 23, 2013. Now the term supermoon is being used a lot."

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Beyond the fascinating view, the supermoon has other effects on Earth, such as high ocean tides, according to EarthSky.org.

"This extra-close full moon is likely to usher in large tides along the ocean shorelines for the next several days, especially if these high tides are accompanied by strong onshore winds," noted EarthSky.org. "The full moon of Aug. 10 … is the closest and largest full moon of this year. … There are three full moons in 2014 that meet the definition of a supermoon – July, August and September. But this August 10 full moon is the most super of the supermoons."

Sunday's supermoon made for eye-popping pictures that were shared on social media.


The next supermoon similar to Sunday's event will be Sept. 28, 2015, according to EarthSky.com.

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The "supermoon" put on a light display Sunday night as it moved to its closest point to Earth all year, appearing 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when at its farthest point.
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