ScienceCast 231: 2016 Ends with Three Supermoons

published 4 years ago

2016 ins with 3 super moves. Presented by science at NASA. Step outside on October 16 and take a look at the moon. Not only will the moon before but on that day the moon will be at its closest point to what planet as it orbits earth. This makes the October full moon a supermoon. The term supermoon has entered popular consciousness in recent years. Originally a term from modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to earth in a given orbit supermoon now refers more broadly to a full moon that is closer to earth than average. But why is the moon closer to earth it sometimes but not others. Since the moon's orbit is elliptical one site perigee is about 30000 miles closer to earth than the other. Apogee. The word says ...

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