Western Light blog: Super Moon

The Super Moon rising above the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.

The Super Moon rising above the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.

So we just missed the blood moon eclipse the other day. Not to worry; there will be another in September. That's the nice thing about the cycles of the heavenly bodies: they keep coming around.

Like the Super Moon, for example. You may know that the moon's obit around the earth is not round. It's slightly elliptical.

What that means is that, as it makes its way around, sometimes it's closer to the earth and sometimes it's farther away. The difference isn't huge. It might even be hard to discern unless you're really looking for it.

This photo is what we call a Super Moon, when the full moon coincides with perigee, the moon's closest position to earth. At this point, the moon really does look larger as it mounds out above the horizon.

I happened to catch this Super Moon back in 2013 as it cleared the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.

Never seen a Super Moon? Don't worry. It'll come around again.

(Melissa Bowersock is a photographer and multi-genre author who has twelve novels and one non-fiction title to her credit. For more information, visit her web page at www.newmoonrising.net.)


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