Supermoon 2016 – brightest supermoon in almost 70 years rises tonight

… and here we are. This is the brightest supermoon in almost 70 years – Supermoon 2016 – The last time the moon sailed this close to Earth was on Jan. 26, 1948, when it came 30 miles closer. The next time won’t be until Nov. 24, 2034, when the distance between the two bodies will be 40 miles less.

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Supermoon 2016 – brightest supermoon in almost 70 years rises tonight Copyright: © 2016 Carsten Wilde

The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. 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, but this effect is very slight.

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