Moon to Appear Its Largest Since 1948

Supermoon happening tonight

Tonight Northlanders will get to see the moon in a whole new light. The moon will look the biggest in the sky since 1948.

The reason it looks so big and bright is because the moon’s orbit is so close to Earth today. It’s expected to look 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

“The moon typically, at its closest approach is about 220,000 miles from the Earth. At its furthest approach, it is about 245,000 miles. So the exact distance, which was actually at about 5:15 this morning was 221,524 miles,” says Marc Seigar, Associate Dean of UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

The next time the moon reaches a point like this will be in November 2034.

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