Earlier this week we saw a “Super Moon“. What is a super moon? Once a month there is a full moon, where the earth is between the moon and the sun. Once a month there is a new moon, where the moon is between the earth and the sun. Every month the moon also reaches the closest point to the earth during it’s orbital rotation. That point is called the perigee. So a super moon is a full moon or new moon that coincides with perigee. This occurs a few times a year. However the most recent super moon is the closest the moon has been to the earth since 1948. The next time that will happen is in 2034. Mark it on your calendar.
The opposite of perigee is apogee where the moon is the furthest away from the earth during it’s orbital rotation.
The term “super moon” actually came from *astrology, not **astronomy. It was absorbed into astronomy because perigee full moon or perigee new moon is just not that sexy. It’s true, astronomers are trying to bring sexy back 😉
*Astrology is the the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on us humans (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
**Astronomy is the scientific study of the universe-planets, stars, etc (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
About This Illustration: Acrylic and watercolor ink on canvas paper. I hope to offer this illustration as an art print but we will see how the metallic paint looks after scanning.