The Final Supermoon, An Equinox And ISS Launches Highlight The …
September 3, 2014 - Supermoon
After an sparkling Aug that featured a “super” supermoon and a Perseid meteor shower, Sep might feel like a bit of a letdown for astronomy fans. But there are dual standout events this month: a final supermoon of a summer and an autumnal or vernal equinox, depending on your hemisphere.
The final supermoon, completing a contingent of supermoons that began in July, might not be a biggest of a garland though will be a final one of 2014. August’s supermoon occurred within a hour a moon reached perigee, a closest indicate to Earth in a elliptical orbit, while September’s supermoon occurs on a same day as perigee.
Due to a tighten vicinity to Earth, a full moon appears roughly 30 percent brighter and 14 percent incomparable than a unchanging full moon. September’s supermoon takes place on Sept. 9 and stargazers won’t need ideal observation conditions or a telescope to enjoy. September’s full moon will be a Harvest Moon as it occurs closest to a autumnal equinox, records a Old Farmers Almanac.
The Sep Equinox takes place on Sept. 23 during 2:29 Universal Coordinated Time. You can find internal times for a equinox here. The autumnal equinox for a Northern Hemisphere and a vernal equinox for a Southern Hemisphere symbol a initial day of tumble and spring, respectively. An equinox occurs when a object travels opposite a astronomical equator. For a Northern Hemisphere, that means shorter days and longer nights, while a Southern Hemisphere will suffer longer days and shorter nights.
Meanwhile, a International Space Station will be bustling in Sep with dual scheduled launches. The initial launch, a load resupply goal from SpaceX, takes place on Sept. 19. On Sept. 25, Expedition 41 will launch and NASA wanderer Barry Wilmore and cosmonauts Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev will launch to a ISS aboard a Soyuz 40 plug from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.