It’s super moon season again, and like last year, the first three of six are invisible to the eye, though they will influence tides.
Tuesday night/Wednesday morning marked not only the total eclipse of the sun over the Pacific Ocean, but also a new moon that was among the closest to Earth for the year. That’s all it takes to define a super moon, according to Timeanddate.com: “A full or new Moon that occurs when the Moon is less than 360,000 kilometers (ca. 223,694 miles) from the center of the Earth.”
With the moon and Earth just 223,393 miles apart on March 10, it qualifies as a super moon, even though we can’t see it, according to Timeanddate.com. The March super moon, which actually occurred on March 8 for Turtle Island dwellers, coincided with the solar eclipse on March 9 for those lucky enough to be in certain parts of Indonesia and a few other places in the Pacific Ocean.
To compensate for missing what was reportedly a spectacular astronomical event, Turtle Island will be treated to a thin sliver of a young moon on the evening of March 9. Look for it at the eastern horizon just after the sun dips below the western horizon.
“Although we missed the eclipse, look at it this way. From North America, we might be able to catch the super-thin young moon after sunset on March 9,” Earthsky.org says.
If it is too faint or low in the sky on March 9, then March 10 and 11 are equally ethereally lovely possibilities, says Earthsky.org.
There will be five more super moons in 2016 after this one: new moons in April and May, and the full moons of October, November and December, according to Earthsky.org.