It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… SUPERMOON!
Did you go outside last night to take a look at the supermoon? Did it look any different to you from a regular full moon? It should have. Last night’s supermoon was “13.5 percent larger and 30 percent brighter” than your average full moon. Why? Last night the Moon was actually closer to the Earth than it typically is. The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is an oval, but the Earth doesn’t sit right in the middle of that oval. So roughly every 14 moon cycles, the Moon reaches the part of the oval that’s the closest to the Earth, leading to SUPERMOON!
Want to read more about the Moon and astronomy? We’ve got a great selection here at the library!