Supermoon 2013

Tonight is a supermoon.   *wolf howl*  “Awoo!”

The past few nights have been (severe) storm-ridden and we are hoping tonight will be clear to see this moon.  (We also want our over-saturated yards to drain!)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.[1] The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing. [2]

The next occurrence will be on June 23, 2013. This full moon will be the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.[3]

They occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.

I’ve been wondering why there have been so many severe thunderstorms and so much rain here in MN recently.  Upon hearing of the impending supermoon, I’m thinking there is a connection.  Apparently some experts believe so.  At any rate, I’m relieved this recent spate of storms is over.  My heart goes out to everyone who suffered injury, damage and fear.

As a Human Resources professional, I learned many years ago that people and animals go crazy around a full moon.  Anyone who works in medical or law enforcement can also vouch for that.  It certainly holds true in our household this weekend.  Our cat Raven is completely bonkers.  It’s like she’s hopped up on super-nip the way she races around like a wildcat, plays with her toys and terrorizes her other furry sisters.

So how long do the effects of a full (super)moon last?
I for one am sure glad they only come along about as often as a blue moon!

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