Last night’s full moon was a spectacular sight, and admired by skywatchers around the world as it lit the night sky. The largest and brightest full moon in 18 years, dubbed “Supermoon” because it is at its closest point as it orbits the Earth. Just at 221,565 miles from Earth, the Supermoon appeared to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than the typical full moon observed by us on Earth.
Throughout history, the Supermoon has spawned fears of natural disasters, paranormal phenomenon, and the legends that Hollywood brought into mainstream America. Although none of the above are based on fact, the fears of doom date back more than a thousand years. It was once believed that if one stared at the full moon long enough it would cause a person to go crazy, and this is where the word “lunatic” comes from – “Luna” being the Latin word for moon.
“Super Perigee Moon” as it is actually called will not seem to be this close to the Earth again until 2029, so I hope you got to at least see it!