First of three supermoons this summer rises this evening

first_imgArguably the only good thing about the summer dry spell in Oregon is the skies will be clear enough for a great view of the summer “supermoon” this evening.NPR reports that supermoons only happen a couple times in a person’s life, but we’ll be lucky enough to witness three notably larger moons in the sky this summer: tonight, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.The full moon will seem much larger than usual, but of course it hasn’t grown. NASA reports that this time of year, the moon is closer to the Earth, creating a “moon illusion.” August will appear to have an extra large supermoon because the Earth’s lone satellite will be closest during that month.You’ll be able to see the phenomenon from anywhere the skies are clear, but it’s recommended to watch the moon rise in the east as the sun sets in the west.USA Today reports that supermoon is a relatively new term, first coined in the ’80s by EarthSky’s Bruce McClure. Scientifically speaking, larger full moons are called perigee full moons, meaning “near Earth.”This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.last_img

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