On Sunday, night gazers will be able to see the brightest and biggest full moon this year, some are calling it a ‘supermoon.’
At 6:00 a.m. CST in San Antonio, the moon will be the closest distance from Earth for 2013, roughly 221,824 miles away. Bob Kelley, the coordinator for the Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College, said we typically have several ‘supermoons’ a year but this weekend’s moon will be the most ‘super’ on them all.
“The full moon will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the moon at the furthest point away from planet Earth,” he said. “Some people are even calling it a ‘super-duper moon’ because this year both the May and June full moons were a little brighter and closer than average… so June is the best and brightest full moon of 2013. “
Full moons or ‘Supermoons’ coming this close to the Earth happen every 14 months, the next one this close or closer won’t happen till next year, Kelley said.
“To the eye there won’t be much of a difference in appearance,” he continued. “It'll be a beautiful full moon nonetheless and you can take comfort knowing you are looking at the brightest and closest full moon for the year.”
For those thinking that ‘Supermoons’ can cause extraordinary events or natural disasters, there doesn’t seem to be a direct correlation and that evidence is still not proven, Kelley said.
“The moon does influence the ocean and the tides on our planet... there is a direct correlation there, but they won’t change significantly,” he said. “People shouldn’t look for the Hollywood- style gloom and doom type of disaster to happen with Sunday’s moon.”