Sunday’s Supermoon was brightest and biggest in 20 years
A supermoon was witnessed by many cities across the globe on Sunday night, Aug. 10. The moon reached its full perigee stage by talking itself within 221,765 miles of earth.
Of the three supermoons appearing in the night-time sky this summer, this one was the most biggest and brightest. The last appeared on July 12 and the next will occur on September 9. The moon reached its fullest phase and appeared 14% closer and 30% brighter than a typical full moon.
The scientific name for a "supermoon" is a perigee moon, perigee meaning "closest point to earth". It refers to the phenomenon when the moon is in its "full moon" stage and at its closest point to earth during its yearly orbit. With the moon being closer, it appears far bigger and far brighter.
This month's supermoon event was also accompanied by Perseids meteor showers. The Perseids occur every August when Earth passes through the stream of cosmic grit left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The glare of the just- past-full moon overwhelmed the shooting stars virtually all night.
With the moon being so close, it will have an impact on earth. Spring tides are expected to be higher this year.
Oleg Artemyev, a Russian cosmonaut, published spectacular images of the giant moon orbiting the Earth on his Twitter account. The online Slooth Community Observatory also gave a live broadcast of the supermoon at 7:30 p. m. EDT (23:30 GMT).
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