By Kellie Book
“Tonight’s supermoon — named after a pink wildflower, Phlox subulata — will be the closest full moon of 2020,” according to Henneke Weitering, associate editor for the astronomy news site space.com.
Doyle Rice calls tonight’s moon “the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2020.”
The difference probably won’t be very obvious to the naked eye because, as explained by Weitering, “supermoons, or full moons that coincide with the moon’s perigee, appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than the average full moon.”
However, it can still be entertaining to experience the oddities of the sky as they occur. Maybe the kids can get involved, and learn about astronomy in the process. Or maybe it can be a simple excuse to look at the sky and appreciate the beauty of nature.
It might be difficult to see tonight due to impending cloud cover and rainstorms. On the bright side, Ellen Bacca from WOOD-TV 8 shared in her evening weather report broadcast that the storm should pass through by around midnight. That means that both night owls and early birds will have an opportunity to see the supermoon, in the late night and pre-dawn hours.
This isn’t your last chance to see an unusual astronomical occurrence in 2020, though. There will also be a micro blue moon on Halloween. In layman’s terms, that will be the second full moon of October and will be extremely small, as the moon will be at the furthest point of its orbit. A second full moon in one month, called a blue moon, is an event that comes around about once every 13 months.