Super Sight Certainly Worth a Stare

March 19, 2011

This story isn’t totally related to Chicago real estate, except that you should be able to see something really cool from it today, weather permitting.

The biggest full moon in 18 years will occur on Saturday, so big that it is being called a “supermoon.”

Amazing moonThe moon orbits at an average distance of 238,000 miles from Earth. But today, at 2 p.m. Chicago time, the moon will be 221,565 miles away from Earth.

At the same time, the moon will be full 50 minutes earlier.

As a result, the ‘supermoon’ will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons that are further away from Earth.

“‘Supermoon’ is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon,” said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center.

They say if you look at the moon rising in the east around sunset, it will seem big enough to touch.

Should be quite a sight to see.

The last time a full moon was so big and close to Earth was in March of 1993.

While this supermoon could affect ocean tides, Garvin reassures that the moon being this close to Earth will not trigger natural disasters.

Thank goodness. I think the world has had its fill of those.

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Interesting……wish I had gotten to this article sooner.

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