Friday, March 18, 2011

See it tomorrow: Supermoon

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

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According to NASA, the full moon tomorrow night will be special, because it's going to be 31,000 miles closer to Earth than usual.

So be prepared to see one big-ass wheel of cheese in the sky.

The moon travels in an oval orbit around the Earth, and when the short side of the oval passes over us during a full-moon phase, you get a "perigee" moon, which is 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter. The last time this happened was about 20 years ago.

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And even though the moon will be closer to Earth, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association say it won't cause any natural disasters; tides may be just an inch or so higher than usual.

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