On Saturday March 19th we will see a really big full Moon. In fact, scientists call it a Super Moon. (Creative bunch, aren’t they?) The moon will look bigger than it has since March 1983.
Full Moons look different in size due to the closeness of the Moon’s orbit to Earth. Moons do not orbit the Earth in a circular orbit but rather in an elliptical orbit. (The video here from NASA shows the elliptical orbit.) On Saturday, the moon will be at the closest point to Earth in 18 years. The Moon will look 14% larger and 30% brighter. Time to take out your cameras and telescopes!