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I’ve Got Soul, and I’m SUPERMOON

Sigh. Here we go again.

Tonight’s “supermoon” is not going to cause earthquakes and floods. Tonight will be a full moon, and it also marks the perigee: the point in the Moon’s orbit around Earth that it is closest. So, for those who keep track of such things, the Moon will be the brightest it will be all year. However, the Moon is not “closer than it has ever been to Earth”—in fact, the Moon is slowly drifting farther away from Earth at a rate of about 3 mm per year. It used to be a lot closer in the past!

So go outside and look at the very beautiful, safe, and bright Moon tonight, if the weather is at all cooperative!

NASA has a lot more detail in this video:

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