We can’t get enough of the moon, it seems, and it can’t get enough of us. Another month has flown by, and it’s time for another almost-supermoon.
As it turns out, the two full moons on either side of the year’s biggest, closest moon of all, which this year occurred in June, are also just about super. It was nearly full as it rose on Sunday July 21, and it will be just a few hours past actual fullness when it rises over Turtle Island at 8:17 p.m., Space.com reports. This is the third, and final, supermoon of 2013, Earthsky.org notes.
At that time it will be just 223,258 miles away, which is 1,434 miles farther than the supermoon was in June when it was closest to Earth. During the full moon of May 25, which hit exact fullness at 12:25 a.m. EDT, it was 223,327 miles away, and that was just 1,503 miles farther away than the June 23 supermoon. The moon was as close to Earth as it gets for the month on July 21, but tonight’s moon is a mere six hours past full.
This is all by way of saying that moonrise tonight will be a ripe, luminous treat for the eyes yet again as it dwarfs objects on the horizon.
Why are we so over the moon about the moon? Read Driven Crazy By the Moon: Why Our Lunar Obsession Continues.