Tonight love is in the air - or better yet, in the moon, a super-moon, to be more precise. From the Desert Southwest and lower Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, sky-watcher and moon lovers will be presented with the clearest view of the supermoon.
Supermoon, a phenomenon wich happens when the moon is closer to Earth than usual, has the biggest effect when it occurs concurrently to a full moon.
According to a report from EarthSky, this full moon "is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year, it's also the moon's closest encounter with Earth in all of 2013. So it's not just a supermoon."
Although the supermoon will be visible from anywhere in the globe with different degree of visibility, viewers can also watch a live webcast of the supermoon on SPACE.com beginning on Sunday beginning at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24 GMT), courtesy of the online Slooh Space Camera, an online skywatchingwebsite (http://www.slooh.com).
Coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term supermoon, was first used to describe a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth.
According to James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md, the moon will pass within about 221,000 miles from the Earth on Saturday night, compared with its "typical" distance of about 238,000 miles.
"The moon may seem bigger, although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent. For instance, the moon on Saturday night will appear 12% to 14% larger than it will next month," he added.
As a side effect the ocean tides are expected to be higher during the supermoon than any other time, so expect higher and lower tides than usual, reports Sean Breslin of the Weather Channel.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is no connection between the supermoon and earthquakes.
"If you're looking for a more thrilling lunar event, a larger supermoon is expected on Sept. 28, 2015, and the largest supermoon until 2034 will occur on Nov. 14, 2016," Breslin stated.
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