Supermoon: NASA scientist explains why moon appears ‘brighter’

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On June 24, the Strawberry Moon – the sixth Full Moon of the year – will rise. Eagle-eyed lunar enthusiasts may notice something different about this Full Moon, however. This is because the June 24 Full Moon will be a Supermoon.

What is a Supermoon?

On average, the Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth, but during a supermoon the can be 221,000 miles away from our planet.

This is because the Moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle and is actually slightly oval.

When it is at its closest point, the Moon is known as a Supermoon.

A Supermoon was first defined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979.

He said the Moon can only be considered ‘super’ when the Moon is at the closest approach – within 90 percent – of its orbit to Earth.

When it does reach its closest point, the Moon can look up to 10 percent bigger than normal.

NASA said: “Some lunar perigees are closer than others.

“The shape of the Moon’s orbit changes over time (thanks to the gravitational influence of the Sun and the other planets).

“Extreme perigees and apogees, or the most distant point in the orbit, happen on a predictable basis.

“Something that’s out of the ordinary: Having a full moon at the same time as an extreme perigee.”

Unfortunately for Moon lovers, this Thursday’s Supermoon will be the last of the year.

According to Time & Date, we will have to wait a year until the next one which takes place on June 14, 2022.

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However, after that, we will not have to wait long with three more coming up in quick succession.

On July 12, 2022, there will be another Supermoon.

In August of 2022, there will be a mesmerising double of Supermoons, with one on the first day of the month and one on the final day.

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