Sunday, June 23, 2013

Super Full Moon June 22, 2013

Full moon falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC (6:32 a.m. CDT in the U.S.). Thus, for many, the moon appears about as full in the June 22 evening sky as it does on the evening of June 23. This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014. In other words, it’s not just a supermoon. It’s the closest supermoon of 2013.
The astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month. Two years ago, when the closest and largest full moon fell on March 19, 2011, many used the term supermoon, which we’d never heard before. Last year, we heard this term again to describe the year’s closest full moon on May 6, 2012. Now the term supermoon is being used a lot. Last month’s full moon – May 24-25, 2013 – was also a supermoon. But the June full moon is even more super! In other words, the time of full moon falls even closer to the time of perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth. The crest of the moon’s full phase in June 2013, and perigee, fall within an hour of each other.


4 comments:

Fram Actual said...

Since thunderstorms have ruled my universe in recent days, I was not able to see the full Moon of June, nor was I even aware of its special nature and significance.

Thank you, for bringing it to me in photographic form, Daliana. Your portrait of it is most excellent.

cartim said...

O Super-Fotografie a unei Superi Luni!

Tina´s PicStory said...

really great shot! :)

Stanley Hattman said...

This is far and away the best moon shot I've seen -- I was with 30 other photographers on a moon shot mission; none of their postings had your clarity and detail. Kudos! [Looks a bit like a cantelope.]