The Supermoon is Coming

By Michael dEstries, ecorazzi

Got plans for this weekend? If you find yourself anywhere with a clear sky, make sure you have a look up at some point to witness the largest moon in almost two decades starring back at you.

On Saturday, March 19, the moon will will be just 356,577 kilometers from the Earth, its closest in 18 years. Astronomers say an event like this has happened 15 times in the last 400 years. From Yahoo! Canada:

Supermoon’ happens when the moon is marginally nearer to Earth in its orbit than normally, and this effect is most remarkable when it happens simultaneously with the full moon. It is given the name Supermoon since the actual alignment is very distinct and as a result, one might think it would have some effect.  The “super” in the expression supermoon, is actually just reference to the fact that it only gives the impression of it being nearer, but in reality there is no difference.

Scientists dismiss that a moon of this nature is linked to anything with the disaster in Japan. “Even though the moon affects the Earth’s tides, it cannot spark great earthquakes,” said NASA scientist Jim Garvin.

Speaking of tides, the Irish Water Safety organization issued a warning to the public today saying that “Supermoon” tides might increase the risk of people becoming stranded.

“This has the effect of causing very high and low tides, or increasing the range of the tide,” the news release says. “This will expose large areas of beach and rocks which we normally don’t see. Many people enjoy walking on our beaches and exploring these new areas of beach and in particular people enjoy picking shellfish to eat which become exposed during these very low tides.”

Officials recommend carrying a cell phone just in case you run into any problems. The next supermoon is scheduled for November 14, 2016.


susan thornton
susan Thornton5 years ago

Is this just in the USA?

Catherine C.
Catherine C5 years ago

Looking at it now! Amazing!

ii q.
g d c5 years ago

"The next supermoon is scheduled for November 14, 2016."

what's the one happening tonight called then?

LM Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

thank you for article and all comments! love awesome events such as this and nov. 14, 2016 is noted in calendar! :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

And passed... it was beautiful!

Maria D.
Maria D6 years ago

A wonderful sight to be seen. The moon was indeed magnificent.
Please clarify the business about carrying a cell phone in case you get in trouble????????? Any of the scientists expecting Aliens? I don't understand that statement! :/

Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

It was a foggy night where I was - but I saw it the evening before, and it did indeed look massive, and very beautiful.

John W.
John W6 years ago

Cloudy night for me :/

Marleen Paulus
Marleen Paulus6 years ago

I saw it clearly last night. beautiful

Christine L.
Christine Lee6 years ago

moon looked incredible, so glad we had a clear night for viewing