What is a Supermoon?

The “Supermoon” full moon is this weekend!

Supermoon comparison from WikiPedia
Supermoon comparison from WikiPedia

WikiPedia says: A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth.

The next occurrence will be on 23 June 2013. This full moon will not be only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.

So, what you’re saying is, the moon will be closer and look larger than at any other time this year? Got it.

But really… we need to work on a name. “Supermoon” is a little too pedestrian for this colossus in the sky…

Suggested names for the Super Moon…

#5. Moon du Souper.

#4. Big Cheese?

#3. Gargantu-moon.

#2. No larger than usual, but appearing larger than usual moon.

#1. The latin name “Lunas- Kardashianus”

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