Supermoon Sunday: Closest Encounter for 2013

Posted: June 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Alaska’s summer solstice doesn’t usually make it difficult to see things, but this year the peak of the midnight sun will almost coincide with a supermoon, giving local residents just a few hours to vee the unusually close view of the moon.

 

This year, the moon will reach its closest point to the earth early on Sunday, June 23. That’s just days after the official solstice. This year, the supermoon is also occurring during a regular full moon, making it an even larger, more impressive sight. Scientists say we’ll have to wait until August 2014 to see the moon this close and full again.

 

NASA’s Dr. Michelle Thaller said while the moon will look a little bigger, but there won’t be any felt impact on the earth…

 

Dr. Thaller: “And because the moon is a little closer than normal, that means the tides will be a little bit higher than normal as well, but we’re talking about a change of less than an inch.”

 

Thaller said the best time to watch the moon is Saturday at sunset, which will be around 11:36pm on the Central Peninsula.

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