Supermoon and it’s wow effects!
The Moon is a natural satellite which circles the planet Earth, it is one of the largest satellites in our solar system. We are all familiar with this term “Moon”. It comes at night when the sun sets off and there are black spots on it which are considered as the craters. Few astronauts have travelled there and have made their mark on the land and made history. But, have you heard about Supermoon? Seeing a Supermoon is really an amazing experience and it’s actually a new or full moon which comes close to Earth and is around 14% bigger than the Micromoon. It is also called Perigee.
Details of Moon Orbit
Considering it’s orbit or path, it is elliptical and not in a circle. The elliptical orbit means that one portion is slightly close to the planet Earth. The orbit which is close is named as Perigee and Apogee is the name of the far away orbit. One cannot determine the distance of Earth and Moon and it completely varies in a year or in a month. 382,900 kilometres or 238,000 miles is considered as the average distance between them. The brightness of Supermoon is 30% more and it happens when a Full Moon and Earth coincides with each other. Now, Micromoon is that part when it is referred as Apogee and far from Earth. One can consider it as also Minimoon.
How the name Supermoon evolved
In the year 1979, Richard Nolle, an astrologer first named it as Supermoon and that’s why it is not an astronomical term. Till date, there is no reference to the distance which can actually qualify the term Supermoon. As per one’s definition, when it is not more than 360,000 kilometres from Earth then it is called Supermoon and when it is 400,000 kilometres away from our planet Earth, then it is called Micromoon.
There is a technical name for Earth-Moon-Sun system which is called Perigee-syzygy where syzygy means straight-line based on 3 celestial bodies. Near the horizon, full moon looks brighter and bigger than the usual one and later looks higher in the sky. After or before Super Full Moon, the moon looks bigger and even brighter. During winter months, it looks large because the gravity of the Sun pulls it towards Earth and make it look bigger. After a moonrise, you can enjoy the view of Super Full Moon and at this time it is below the horizon.
Nature and Supermoon
Tide occurs due to the pull of gravitation and that is why it causes ebbs which are small in size and cause Earth and Land tides. Mainly it occurs during the time of the new and full moon. The alignment of Sun and Moon cause tectonic activity and research does not find any clue on “Supermoon cause natural disaster”. As per Nasa, Supermoon does not hamper the balance of Earth and this effect is very small to create any havoc inside the planet Earth. Nasa is in continuous research based on the concept of Moon, Sun, Earth orbit and the effects of Supermoon or Micromoon.
So, next Supermoon is on November 14, 2016. Witness this amazing view with your own eyes!