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8/10/2014 (7 months ago)

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Second of three 'super moons' due this year shone brightly this Saturday

The second of three "super moons" this year lit up all of Miami this past weekend. There's another one due in September if you missed this one .

There will also be a super moon on September 8th. The only difference is it won't appear quite as big as it did this month.

There will also be a super moon on September 8th. The only difference is it won't appear quite as big as it did this month.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/10/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Moon, Super Moon, perigree, August, September


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The full moon on August 10th was quite unlike another moon that took the night skies this past year. A "Super moon," is the word to describe the closest and largest full moon in 2014.

When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth, it becomes a "Super moon," and will be up to 31,000 miles closer to Earth than other full moons this year. According to NASA, the past full moon was 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of the year.

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The proper, scientific term for this phenomenon is "perigee moon," the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly orbit. The moon appeared much larger than normal, especially when it touched upon the horizon.

August's full moon has many names. It's known as the "Sturgeon Moon" in North America, referencing back to a time in history when sturgeon fish were plentiful and easy to catch in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay.

It's also goes under the name of the Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

If you missed the stellar festivities, you will have one more chance to see it this year.

There will also be a super moon on September 8th. The only difference is it won't appear quite as big as it did this month.

And let's not forget, the full phase is but an instant in time when the moon passes an ecliptic longitude of 180 degrees opposite the sun. The moon never reaches 100 percent illumination, due to its 5.1 degree tilt to the ecliptic. When it does fall exactly opposite the sun, it passes into Earth's shadow for a total lunar eclipse.

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