DON’T MISS THE SUPER-DUPER MOON TONIGHT

Tonight’s Super Moon won’t be back until 2034

Tonight (in most places on Earth) the Full Moon will be making its closest orbital approach to Earth in some decades; it will not be this close again until 2034 (by which time we will all hopefully be far too entranced by Martian goings-on to pay attention to our closest celestial neighbor).

For amateur astronomers and casual sky watchers, this is an EASY one:  Go outside (at night) and look up.  Turn around until the gigantic gray-white object in the sky is in the center of your visual field and then gaze in wide wonder at our sister planet.

Unfortunately, it won’t be as spectacular a view as it might have been.  If the Apollo program had been more than just a political stunt – if it had been a genuine quest, the first step towards the stars – the face of the Moon might have looked something like the following tonight –

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Instead, it will probably look something like this –

For techies: the Moon will be approximately 221,000 miles close and will appear to be 14% larger than typical and will shine approximately 30% brighter than usual. The last time it was this close was in 1948.

That might have been is pretty spectacular, but tonight’s Moon won’t disappoint!

Go outside tonight. Take a gander!

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