The many super of ‘supermoons’ rises this weekend

August 29, 2014 - Supermoon

CAUSES WELCOME BACK. THE MOON IS 31,000 MILES CLOSER THAN USUAL, AND IT’S KNOWN AS A SUPERMOON. DR. FOWLER JOINS US FROM N.A.S.A.’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER OUT OF GREENBELT, MARYLAND. WHEN DO WE GET OUR BEST VIEW OF THE SUPERMOON? THE SUPERMOON IS GOING TO BE OUT PRETTY MUCH ALL WEEKEND LONG. THE ACTUAL DATE OF THE FULL MOON IS SUNDAY NIGHT. THAT’S WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE AT ITS MOST FULL AND MOST BRIGHT, BUT we WOULD SAY EVEN STARTING TONIGHT, IF YOU HAVE CLEAR SKIES, GO OUT AND APPRECIATE THIS BEAUTIFUL BIG BRIGHT MOON. LET’S DIG INTO THIS A LITTLE BIT DEEPER. WHAT EXACTLY IS A SUPER NOON AND WHAT MAKES THIS PARTICULAR FULL MOON SO SPECIAL? Reporter: THIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE THE LARGEST AND BRIGHTEST FULL MOON OF THE ENTIRE YEAR, AND THE REASON THE FULL MOON VARIES AT ALL IS THAT, IN FACT, THE EARTH — THE MOON’S ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH IS NOT A PERFECT CIRCLE AND THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IT’S FARTHER AWAY. IF YOU HAVE A FULL MOON NEAR PAROGY, IT MAKES IT SEEM BIGGER AND BRIGHTER. THIS IS A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE SMALLEST FULL MOON OF THE YEAR AND THE LARGER ONE THAT’S HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY. ABOUT 14% BIGGER WHICH INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH MAKES IT 30% BRIGHTER. THAT’S QUITE A CHANGE IN BRIGHTNESS. SO THIS IS THE FULL MOON OF THE YEAR. WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A FULL MOON THIS BEING UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2015. SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COOL THINGS THAT WE’VE LEARNED FROM THE LUNAR MISSION? IT IS UP THERE RIGHT NOW ORBITING THE MOON, AND IT’S RETURNING ALL KINDS OF AMAZING INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBOR IN SPACE. IT’S ACTUALLY DOING THINGS LIKE MEASURING THE TEMPERATURE OF THE MOON. AWARE FINDING THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN THE SOUTH POLE IS LOOKING AT THE CRATERING RECORD. THIS IS AMAZING MOUNTAIN THAT’S ACTUALLY IN A CRATER CALLED TYKO AND IT LOOKS LIKE A ROCK, BOULDER ON THE TOP THERE, BUT THAT BOULDER IS ACTUALLY THE SIETZ OF A LARGE FOOTBALL STADIUM. THERE’S THIS DRAMATIC TERRAIN ON THE NOON AND we LOVE THOSE PICTURES. THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT ME AS A SCIENTIST, we LOVE THE FACT THE MOON IS A RECORD OF THE HISTORY OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM. THE SURFACE HAS REMAINED MOSTLY UP CHANGED FOR BILLIONS OF YEARS AND IT SHOWS USS THAT THERE WAS A VIOLENT TIME WHERE LOTS OF THINGS COLLIDED TOGETHER, FORMED THE MOON, FORMED THE CRATERS, SO WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN ABOUT THE MOON AND, IN FACT, THE HISTORY

source ⦿ http://www.click2houston.com/news/the-most-super-of-supermoons-rises-this-weekend/27372492

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