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“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco

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“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco

Supermoon Night Over San FranciscoThanks to an optical illusion in the sky, the moon will appear bigger and brighter than normal in the San Francisco Bay Area in the night, during what astronomers call a “supermoon.”

Because the sun is about 50,000 miles closer to the earth than at its furthest point – and it’s a full or new moon – the moon will appear larger and brighter than most full moons. To be considered a supermoon, it has to be within 224,851 miles (361,863 kilometers) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth.

The best time to observe the supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset, thanks to having objects in the foreground (like buildings or trees) to provide reference points for estimating the moon’s size.

Source: EarthSky

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Thanks to an optical illusion in the sky, the moon will appear bigger and brighter than normal in the San Francisco Bay Area the night of June 22, 2013 during what astronomers call a “super moon.”

Because the sun is about 50,000 miles closer to the earth than at its furthest point – and it’s a full moon – the moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than most full moons.

The moon will appear its biggest around 4:32 am on the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2013, but should almost as full on the night of June 22nd.

The best time to observe the super moon is when the moon is near the horizon – during either moonrise or moonset  thanks to having objects in the foreground (like buildings or trees) to provide reference points for estimating the moon’s size

 


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