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10 Interesting Facts About the Supermoon

Considering we all witnessed the Supermoon on the evening of 14th November 2016, here are some facts for you that will give you a little insight on our friendly sun-reflecting disc and prepare you for the next such event. 

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Image Courtesy: Saima Faruqui (find her @bakingnomad on Instagram)

 

  1. A Supermoon is 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the usual moon.
  2. The Supermoon that occurred on 14th November 2016 got was 221,524 miles from Earth – almost touching distance in space terms.
  3. The last time we witnessed a moon like this was in 1948.
  4. The next time we witness a Supermoon this close to the earth will be on 25th November 2034.
  5. The closest Supermoon of the century will occur on December 6, 2052.
  6. The closest Supermoons are nearly always full moons.
  7. The astrological term for a Supermoon is Perigee-Syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system.
  8. The opposite of Supermoon is a Micromoon, also called Apogee-Syzgy in astrological terms.
  9. Supermoons are known to cause Super tides.
  10. The term ‘Supermoon’ was coined as recently as 2011, when the interest in Supermoons began to grow.

 

Bibliography:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Supermoonhttp://earthsky.org/