ST. GEORGE — After reaching its fullest stage at 2:09 p.m., this summer’s most super “supermoon” will begin to peek up over the eastern horizon at approximately 8:24 p.m. Sunday delivering a true celestial treat for moon lovers and stargazers alike.
According to NASA’s website, the moon is designated as a “supermoon” because of the position of the moon in relation to both the earth and sun. The moon is viewed from earth as a full moon when it is positioned directly across from the sun, and designated a perigee moon when it comes nearest to the earth. When the moon becomes full and perigee on the same day it is known as a “supermoon.”
But tonight’s moon represents the most super “supermoon” of summer 2014 — falling in between the “supermoons” of July 12 and Sept. 9 — because the perigee and state of fullness occur within the same hour.
As long as the sky is clear, the moon should appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter tonight. In reality, the enhanced size and luminosity of a supermoon, especially when it hangs closest to the horizon, is but an unexplainable illusion in the scientific realm.
Regardless, try to wander outside just before the sun sinks below the western horizon to experience earth’s only natural satellite in its most illuminating glow.
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