Big! Big! Big!
The full moon rising is an awesome sight in itself. Tonight, on Sunday, August 10th, in addition to be simply awesome, it’s a Super Full Moon! What does this mean? Well, it’s going to be super-awesomely super-huge, of course! But just how much bigger is it going to be?
According to mainstream media, it’s going to fill half the sky! It’ll be the size of Texas, mister President! In fact, don’t be surprised if you walk up a small hill and actually touch it with your out-stretched hand!
That is, if you notice any difference at all. Just to be mindbogglingly boring about it, In one of the above pictures, I have with the help of a pocket calculator gone over the numbers on the Wikipedia Moon page, and photoshopped the nearest, average and farthest apparent sizes next to each other (click the images for bigger view).
At its nearest, the Moon is about 28,000 km closer to Earth than on average, and 50,300 km closer than when at its farthest. This is quite impressive when you consider that the diameter of the Earth is only 12,756 km, but compared to the total orbital distance, it’s not really all that much.
That said, please don’t let me stop you from enjoying the view of a full moon rising, and a slightly extra full one at that. It’s pretty darn beautiful as it is :)
And that said, don’t get Neil deGrasse Tyson started on the Supermoon! Or do, because it makes for fun listening ;)
Edit: Alas, no photos this time around. Our Supermoon found some Superclouds to Superhide besuperhind.