At 5:00 a.m. EDT (09:00 GMT) on Wednesday (July 13), the moon will reach its closest point to Earth for 2022: perigee 221,994 miles (357,264 kilometers) away.

Nine hours and 38 minutes later, the moon will officially be complete. Although a full moon theoretically only lasts a moment, this moment is invisible to ordinary observers. For about a day before and after, most will talk about the near-full moon being seen as “full”: the shadowed band is so narrow and changes in apparent width so slowly that it is difficult to tell with the naked eye whether he is present or on which side he is.

So when the moon shines on your surroundings Wednesday night, keep this in mind: What you’re looking at isn’t exactly a full moon, but a waning moon that’s already many hours past its complete moon phase.

But newspapers, radio, and television stations will almost certainly be urging the public to go out that night to witness the “rare” spectacle of this year’s most prominent and brightest full moon – better known as the “supermoon,” a moniker that was everything. but unknown to most more than ten years ago

So, where did it come from, and how did it become so popular?

Unreal claims
We can thank astrologer Richard Nolle for the supermoon terminology. He first used it in a 1979 issue of Dell Horoscope, a now-defunct American periodical covering modern astrology that once called itself “the world’s leading astrological magazine.” For his supermoon designation, Nolle wrote that “a full moon that occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90%) its closest approach to Earth on a given orbit (perigee)” would earn the designation “super.”

And that’s why — based on Nolle’s definition alone — Wednesday’s full moon will be labeled “super.”

Interestingly, while the term had little impact in 1979, it suddenly gained a lot of attention on March 11, 2011, when the 9.1 Tohoku earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Honshu in the Japan Trench. Eight days later, the full moon coincided with perigee, and there were immediate suggestions that this may have served as a trigger for the massive Japanese earthquake. One of the first to make this claim was Nolle, who claimed that supermoons could cause “geophysical stress.”

And suddenly, the term “supermoon” caught on among the mainstream media.

Previous articleHere’s When and How to Catch the Megacomet K2 in the Night Sky
Next articleJames Webb Telescope’s Study of Uranus and Neptune Will Unlock Never Before Known Secrets of Our Solar System’s ‘Ice Giants’
Alice is the Chief Editor with relevant experience of three years, Alice has founded Galaxy Reporters. She has a keen interest in the field of science. She is the pillar behind the in-depth coverages of Science news. She has written several papers and high-level documentation.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here