The night sky on Saturday was beautiful as the supermoon showed larger and brighter than the normal moon appearing every day. This is one of the rarest events that happen when the moon approaches closer to earth.
The moon appeared 14 percent larger than its normal size on Saturday as it was only 222,631 miles away from the earth. On normal days, the moon would be seen at about 238,855 miles away from earth, according to UPI.
Richard Nolle, an astrologer, coined the term “supermoon” about 30 years ago. The supermoon was first referred to as perigee full moons before it was given such an interesting name by Nolle.
Nolle in 1979 defined the supermoon as “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” The supermoon is also referred as the Sturgeon Moon, reported RT.
The exceptionally bright and glowing moon that was seen by people around the world this Saturday was first of the three consecutive supermoons that are expected soon. The world is about to witness the second supermoon this year on September 28, and the third and final one is predicted to show up on October 27.
Five supermoons were seen in 2014 and six in 2015, with two moons yet to come. It is to be noted that the first of the two events took place this year in January, February and March. The closest of the full moons would be witnessed on September 28 with the moon appearing at about 221,754 miles away from the earth. The full moon on the day would stage a total lunar eclipse, concluding the series of blood moon eclipses that started April 15, 2014, reported Earth Sky.
Dan Kottlowski, a hurricane researcher for AccuWeather, told the Palm Beach Post prior to the event that “Coastal flooding and storm surge could be higher.” He also added that “If Erika gets its act together and then you tack on what the tidal surge will be, it could impact the height of the water.”