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The Biggest Supermoon of 2022 Visible Tonight

Biggest Supermoon 2022 Arrive Tonight
The Biggest Supermoon of 2022 is Set to Arrive Tonight Wednesday, July 13 Credit: Nasa

The biggest supermoon of 2022 is set to arrive at its closest point to the Earth tonight, Wednesday (July 13th), at 5 a.m. EDT (09:00 GMT), a perigee distance of 221,994 miles (357,264 kilometers) away.

NASA said that the Supermoon is set to appear tonight and will become visible for the next three days. People around the world will be able to witness it until early in the morning on Friday.

According to Astrologer Richard Nolle, Supermoons occur when the moon is at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee).” This celestial phenomenon causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter than usual.

The July impending Supermoon is also called Buck Supermoon, as this is the time when the new antlers of the buck or male deer grow out of their foreheads. These deer shed their antlers every year, and they then regrow.

The Supermoon is also named the Thunder moon as frequent thunderstorms are witnessed in early summertime, around the time that the moon appears.

On its website, NASA reported that:  “The next full moon will be Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 2:38 p.m. EDT. This will be on Thursday morning from the India Standard Time Zone eastward to the International Date Line”.

The biggest supermoon

When an impending supermoon is announced, the two things that are always disclosed is that this particular full moon “will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal.”

The practical truth of the matter is that supermoons appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter not as compared to full moons at their average distance from Earth, but rather, as compared to full moons near their farthest distance from Earth.

While Wednesday’s moon will indeed be the “biggest full moon of 2022,” the variation of the moon’s distance is not readily apparent to most observers viewing the moon directly.

Unless you catch it when it’s either rising or setting and appearing briefly larger than normal because of the famous “moon illusion,” Wednesday night’s moon will look pretty much like any other moon.

In addition to the influence of these presumptions, the near coincidence of this week’s full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.

It is also anticipated that any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly exacerbate coastal flooding problems.

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