ScienceCast 153: A Summer of Super Moons

published 6 years ago

A summer of Superman's presented by science at NASA. In June of last year a full moon made headlines the news media called it a supermoon because it was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2013. Around the world people went outside to Marvel at its luminosity. If you thought one Superman was bright how about 3. The full moons of summer 2014 July 12 August tenth on September 9 will all be Superman's. The scientific term for the phenomenon is perigee moon. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the man's orbit. The moon follows an elliptical path around earth with one side perigee about 50000 kilometers closer than the other apogee. Full moons that occur on the ...

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