This Friday, the 21st, is the June solstice, the official beginning of winter here in South Africa.
According to National Geographic, two days after this “the moon will officially reach its full phase and will be the closest (356,990 kilometers or 221,823 miles) and largest ‘supermoon’ of the year.”
If you’re wondering how the Supermoon works:
The moon’s orbit is egg-shaped, and there are times when it is at perigee—its shortest distance from Earth in the roughly month-long lunar cycle—or at apogee, its farthest distance from Earth. If the full moon phase happens to be at the same time as the perigee then we get a supermoon, which happens once a year.
It’s been said that most moon gazers won’t notice the difference in the size and brightness of the moon, but when it happened two years ago it certainly caught our attention here on the east coast of SA.
Keep an eye out on the evening of June 23rd for a once-a-year lunar event.
Information and images via National Geographic.