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Super Moon Visible from Moon Rise: June 22 Saturday 8:31 pm Through Moon Set: June 23 Sunday 7:31 am ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🌝🌝🌝

June 23, 2013

🌝 Super Moon Visible from Moon Rise: June 22 Saturday 8:31 pm where the moon was 99.6% full, Through Moon Set: June 23 Sunday 8:31 am where the moon will be 99.87% full.

🌝 Weather sometimes does not cooperate with the observation of Astrology events. Looking at the Lunar data tables, the “Super Moon” effect will be with us for several days.

🌝 For the Purist, Sunday Morning, 6/23 at the moments just before the lunar Moonset, about 7:30am eastern, was the very best time to view this Astrological event. However, the Moon Rise this evening will be at 99.87% of the same “Super Moon” effect as seen this morning, which was 99.9% full; likewise, Monday 6/24 the not-as-full moon will be 99.25%. The difference is relatively imperceptible visually, except for those with high-power telescopes.

🌝 Many will call the June 2013 full moon a supermoon. The upcoming full moon on June 23, 2013, will not only be the closest the moon is to earth, it will appear as the largest full moon of the year. This will also present the moon’s closest, about 221,824 miles, with Earth for all of 2013.

🌝 This year’s closest and largest full moon will occur on June 23 at precisely 11:32 Universal Time. At United States’ time zones, that means the moon will turn Full, 99.9% on June 23 at 7:32 a.m. EDT, 6:32 a.m. CDT, 5:32 a.m. MDT and 4:32 a.m. PDT. Astronomers call this sort of "close-to" full moon a Perigee full moon.

🌝 Perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month. Two years ago, when the closest and largest full moon fell on March 19, 2011, many used a term not heard before, the Supermoon. Last year, this term was used again by the media, to describe the year’s closest full moon on May 6, 2012. This year, supermoon is again referring to the year’s closest full moon on June 23, 2013.

🌝 What does supermoon mean exactly? And how special is the June 23, 2013 supermoon? The word supermoon didn’t come from Astronomy. Instead, it came from Astrology.

🌝 Astrologer Richard Nolle of the website astropro.com takes credit for coining the term supermoon. In 1979, he defined it as a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth.

🌝 By this definition, according to Nolle: There are 4-6 supermoons a year on average. That doesn’t sound very special, does it? In fact, the June 2013 full moon lines up much more closely with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth, than Nolle’s original definition.

🌝 According to Guy Ottewell’s Astronomical Calendar 2013, the 2013 June full moon falls only 22 minutes after the moon reaches perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth for this month and year.

🌝 At perigee, the moon lies only 356,991 kilometers (221,824 miles) away. Two weeks later, on July 7, the moon will swing out to apogee – its farthest point for the month and year – at 406,490 kilometers (252,581 miles) distant.

🌝 How super is this supermoon? June 2013 presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth until August 10, 2014, at which time the moon will be only 3.12 miles (5 kilometers) closer to Earth. The full moon will come even closer to Earth on September 28, 2015 (356,877 kilometers) (Conversion factor: 1.0 kilometers = 0.6214 miles, you do the math) and closer yet on November 14, 2016 (356,509 kilometers). November 2016 will feature the closest full moon until November 25, 2034. Maybe this helps you see that supermoons, while interesting, are fairly routine astronomical events.

🌝 Even the proximity of full moon with perigee isn’t all that rare. The extra-close moon in all of these years, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, finds the full moon taking place at or nearly the same hour as lunar perigee. More often than not, the closest perigee of the year comes on the one day of the year that the full moon and perigee most closely coincide. (See table)


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