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Get ready for one big moon!

Saturday's supermoon was just a teaser for what is coming next month. On August 10th, the moon with only be 221,765 miles away from us! That is the closest the moon will be in 2014. The moon will reach its closest approach to the earth at 1:09 p.m. CDT.

According to earthsky.org, that is the closest the moon will get until September 28, 2015. 

What is a supermoon?

The term "supermoon" is fairly new. It refers to the perigee full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth during its orbit. Even though full moons are generally more focused on, a supermoon can also be a new moon as well. 

The summer supermoons are the most talked about and after the largest in August, there is still one more on September 9th.




The new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon, a point when the moon is closest to the Earth, about three to four times a year. This is called a "perigean spring tides." The difference between this and a normal tide can range for different areas, with most cases the difference being only a couple inches above normal spring tides. 



Here is a difference between a supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right) compared to an average moon from December 20, 2010 (left). 


Even though it can be difficult to see the subtle changes in size between the summer moons without a trusty telescope, will you be on a lookout for potentially the largest supermoon of all time?


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Graphics: NOAA, Wikimedia Commons

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