Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day — Super Moon vs. Micro Moon
Posted on 11/30/2012 7:40:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Did you see the big, bright, beautiful Full Moon Wednesday night? That was actually a Micro Moon! On that night, the smallest Full Moon of 2012 reached its full phase only about 4 hours before apogee, the most distant point from Earth in the Moon's elliptical orbit. Of course, earlier this year on May 6, a Full Super Moon was near perigee, the closest point in its orbit. The relative apparent size of November 28's Micro Moon (right) is compared to the famous May 6 Super Moon in these two panels, matching telescopic images from Bucharest, Romania. The difference in apparent size represents a difference in distance of just under 50,000 kilometers between apogee and perigee, given the Moon's average distance of about 385,000 kilometers. How long do you have to wait to see another Full Micro Moon? Until January 16, 2014, when the lunar full phase will occur within about 3 hours of apogee.
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[Credit & Copyright: Catalin Paduraru]
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When does the moon reach perigee again?
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The micro moon never threatens to kill us all.
A parody for perigee!
Are the werewolves smaller under a micro full moon?