Extra Supermoon Set For Return In August

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Extra Supermoon Set For Return In August

Last weekend’s Supermoon was greeted with the flashing of camera’s and the clacking of lens bags with some incredible pictures of the phenomenon being captured last Friday night. The pictures are fantastic, but they are little solace to anyone who missed the larger than usual moon because of work, other plans, or just downright bad weather.

Luckily for those who missed last weekend’s eye-candy, the Supermoon is going to return in August, and this time it’s going to be bigger than ever. The difference between the two is probably impossible to gauge with the naked eye, but scientists have calculated that the next instance of Supermoon, due to hit on August 9, will be even bigger than last weekend’s as the moon will be slightly closer.

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Supermoon summer continues

Last weekend’s Supermoon, and the one due in August will be joined on this Summer’s list of astronomical phenomena by a third larger-than-life moon at the beginning of September. That moon, which will round off the expected Supermoons for 2014 at the very least, is set to appear on the night of September 9. A Supermoon is called when the moon is full at its closest point to the planet earth.

The moon follows an elliptical orbit around the blue planet, and only comes this close once a moon-year. The natural satellite takes just over 400 days to complete a full circuit meaning that there should be a Supermoon once every 400 days or so.  The massive figure of the moon in the sky is not, however, caused by its closeness to