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The “super” supermoon of 2013 – the perigee full moon

June 21, 2013

full_moonThis coming weekend marks the Super, SuperMoon of 2013. Or…..the Perigee full moon. This extra large Moon will appear on Sunday, June 23rd. 2013. Not only will this be a “SuperMoon”, but it will be the largest of the supermoons.

Last month, in May, we also had another supermoon. This can happen in a single year. Sometimes it can happen a number of times during a single years.But…..these Super, “Supermoons” may not only happen but once a year, if that at all.

So just what is a SuperMoon? Interestingly enough, the term SuperMoon comes from astrology and not Astronomy, and  in 1979, it was defined as:“A new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth”.

June 2013 full moon lines up much more closely with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth – than the original definition of a SuperMoon, making it one of the most Super, SuperMoons we will get a chance to see.

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May SuperMoon with Eagles at INWOOD Hiking Trails

Last month, in May of 2013, we also had a SuperMoon. The Moon was extra brilliant and truly appeared to be larger then normal. A small group of us Hikers were fortunate enough to catch this SuperMoon as it rose behind the Eagles and their nest, out at INWOOD Hiking Trails in Stony Creek Metro Park.RosieMoon

So what an interesting weekend we have in store for us. Today……June 21st is the Summer Solstice, where the Sun is the highest in the sky it will be for the year of 2013. An important time in our Historical past. Certain Farming patterns where determined by this special day, and it was a way for our Ancestors to determine specific times of the year to best understand their plant growing and Farming.

If you would like to read even more details about almost Astronomical activities, one of the very best web sites to explore regularly is,  EarthSky

So we have the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21st and then the Super, SuperMoon on Sunday June 23rd. Look to the heavens for all types of special activities this weekend.

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