Tonight, March 19, an true lunar rarity will fill the night sky – the super moon will delight amateur astronomers and romantics alike. For the first time in 18 years, the full moon will be a perigee full moon, which, for tonight, means that the lunar orb will be much closer to the Earth than usual.
Astronomy lovers will rejoice as the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter – it may not seem like a lot, but if the weather is good in your area, you are definitely in for a show. It will appear “absolutely enormous,” says NASA, but the key to getting the most of the supermoon is timing.
If you’re in the US, it’s likely the weather will be on your side, and you will be able to enjoy the celestial show; if you’re not in the US, check your local weather forecast, and find information, but the odds are pretty good. Also, if you take your own pictures, please do submit them to us so the whole world can enjoy it.
As I said before, the earthquake that devastated Japan had absolutely nothing to do with the supermoon.
So, astronomy lovers throughout the whole world, it’s March 19 and the supermoon is here, so grab your special ones and/or your friends, maybe get a camera too and enjoy the lunar spectacle !