‘Supermoon’ Visible This Weekend

Saturday’s full moon will be a supermoon.

A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth. Saturday’s full moon will be the closest it has been to Earth in 18 years, according toSpaceweather.com.

The distance between the Earth and the moon during the event will be about 221,567 miles, as compared to the average distance of 238,000 miles, according to Space.com.

That may not seem like much of a difference (and compared to the distance it’s not), but the diameter of the moon is only 2,159 miles. That means the moon will be over 7.5 diameters closer to Earth than average.

While many believe the ‘supermoon’ can be linked to natural disasters (namely the Japan earthquake), Space.com says that’s not the case. Lynn Hayes of beliefnet believes something else

Originally published here

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