Not Just Any Ol’ Moon

A great reason to get up early on Sunday morning–really, really early–is to see a very rare phenomenon: the Super Moon.

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Ever noticed the moon looks “bigger” in the sky than on other nights?  You’re not imagining it!  Tonight, the moon will be closer to the earth than usual. Astronomers call this close-to-the-earth full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month. Two years ago, someone tossed out the name “super moon” and it stuck.

When the moon is closest to the earth because of its elliptical orbit, and it’s a full moon, it makes it look 14% larger and 30 times brighter than a usual full moon.a


The moon’s orbit is elliptical. Imagine a circle and squish it a little flat. The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 238,000 miles. On Sunday morning, it will be just 221,824 miles away — or 16,176 miles closer than usual. (You probably already knew that.)

The Super Moon should be at its peak right around 4:32 am PDT, so keep an eye out to the skies. I’ll be watching…

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.