Will Wednesday’s Supermoon Be An Impressive One?

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May 252021

I became interested in the concept of the Supermoon 10 years ago, when on March 19, 2011, the full moon seemed to take up the entire sky, making night seem like daytime. at 221,567 miles from Earth, the experience was something observers never forgot. People were gathering on hillsides and at the beach for the best vantage point. It brought communities together, as neighbors gathered to be “part of something” that seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Evidently the Sept. 8, 2016 Supermoon also was quite something, but I simply don’t remember it. Nothing compares to the 2011 moon that was 221,567 miles from Earth.

Tomorrow’s Full Flower Moon will reach its’ peak at 7:14 a.m. It will be 222,116.6 miles from Earth. (451 miles further than it was 10 years ago.)

So, will it be magnificent? NO, it will not be a big deal, just a gorgeous full moon. Will it be a worthwhile event? Well, this moon also is the first lunar eclipse since January 2019. Unfortunately for those of us who live in New England, we won’t be able to see the total lunar eclipse as we did two years ago. The blood moon will only be visible in the western US and a few other locations worldwide.

If you appreciate the full moon, you should go outside tonight. Moonrise is at 7:31 p.m. in the Southeast.

Tomorrow morning, the moon sets at 4:50 a.m. in the West. If you have the opportunity, the moon will be very close to or below the horizon at 7:14 a.m.

It’s called the “flower moon” — credited to the Algonquin Native Americans, because it’s when flowers blossom across North America.

The Cree named it the Budding Moon and the Dakota and Lakota dubbed it the planting moon when farmers started their seeds for the upcoming farming season.

Will you be doing some moon gazing tonight and tomorrow?

Today’s Full Moon

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May 072020

Moonrise is tonight at 8:24 p.m.

This is the Full Flower Moon, and according to NASA, this full moon comes just two days after the moon reaches perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it a “supermoon.”

Cloud cover may block your view of the full moon, but the power of the planet is still there if you have any rituals, such as charging crystals that you regularly participate in.

Whatever you do, try and get a glimpse of this full moon, the next one won’t come around until June 5.

If the sky is clear enough, you may also see these planets.

Finally Spring, And A Full Moon!

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Mar 202019

The crocuses have been popping up and robins are bopping around on lawns throughout Orange and surrounding towns.

It looks like the Groundhog was right, winter is gone and Spring is upon us!

According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, the word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night” — aequus (equal) and nox (night).

On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.

With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets.

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 p.m.


The vernal equinox marks the end of winter, and the start of spring and the Full Worm Moon is named after the earthworms that emerge at this time of year.

The Almanac goes on to say that the March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019.

The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!

But that’s not all: March’s full Moon also will be a supermoon, meaning that it will be slightly larger than most of the other full Moons this year.

What an extra-bright way to greet spring!!


Will The Full Cold Moon Be “Super”?

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Dec 022017

The term “Supermoon” has been overused so much in the past few years. Every time a full Moon is going to be a little closer to the Earth appearing larger, it is called a Supermoon. We often wait with bated breath, only to be disappointed by a nice, round, bright moon, but none has ever taken our breath away like the Full Worm Moon back on March 19, 2011 — Now, THAT was a SUPERMOON! it was huge, filled the sky with wonder and turned night into day. Such an amazing sight.

The Full Cold Moon rises tomorrow, Dec. 3.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter than any Moon this year.

The Full Moon crests on the evening of Sunday, December 3 and reaches “perigee“—the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth—early morning of Monday, December 4.

When a Full Moon rises at perigee, the Moon appears bigger and brighter. This Sunday’s full Moon is expected to appear 8% wider and 16% brighter than average, which will enhance the Orange Holiday Festival as it shines down on the crowd and highlights Santa’s arrival.

The Almanac states, “While December’s Supermoon is the only one in 2017, it’s the first of three Supermoons in succession. The next two are in January (2018)—which brings two full Moons! Yes, that second Moon in a single month is considered a “Blue Moon.””

Full Moon Name

In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon, according to the Almanac. It is fittingly associated with the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.

This Full Moon also is called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it occurs near the winter solstice—the day with the least amount of daylight.


About This Weekend’s Full Moon: Supermoon or Super Disappointment?

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Aug 292015


This image shows the smallest full moon superimposed on Supermoon. by Stefano Sciarpetti.

You may have thought that the moon was full on Friday night, but August’s true full moon, the “Sturgeon Moon,” “Wheat Cut Moon,” “Blueberry Moon,” or “Full Green Corn Moon,” (take your pick) is today at 2:35 p.m., Moonrise is 7:23 p.m. 

What’s special about Saturday’s moon is it is a “perigee” Supermoon, when the moon is nearest to Earth in its orbit.

What you can expect is elevated tides and the appearance of the first of three Supermoons this year.

Tonight’s moon won’t look perfectly round, though, due to some atmospheric anomalies, but the most impressive of the three consecutive Supermoons will appear on September 28, which is when it will be the closet to Earth. That one also will align with a total eclipse of the Moon.

We’ve heard about Supermoons a lot in the past few years, but we have never seen one in this area like the one that graced our skies like the magnificent undeniable Supermoon of March 19, 2011. No full moon will be this close to Earth again until November 14, 2016.

Until then, I will just use the term Perigee, because none of the showings prior to Nov. 14, 2016 will “deserve” to be called a Supermoon. 

Photo of the Magnificent 2012 Supermoon taken in Washington State by Tim McCord

Photo of the Magnificent 2012 Supermoon taken in Washington State by Tim McCord


Take A Moment To Gaze At The Supermoon Tonight

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Jun 232013

Supermoon over Athens

Supermoon over Athens

This morning at 7 a.m. EDT, the moon arrived at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth, a distance of 221,824 miles. Now the moon typically reaches perigee once each month (and on some occasions twice), with their respective distances to Earth varying by 3 percent.

But Sunday’s lunar perigee will be the moon’s closest to Earth of 2013. This is the biggest full moon of the year, a celestial event popularly defined by some as a “Supermoon.”

What a perfect time it would be to be in Maine.