That’s because the Super Moon was at its fullest (98.8% full) at 7:33 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, June 23, 2013, which was around 11 hours after last night’s moonrise, and 13 hours before tonight’s moonrise on the U.S. East Coast.
When is the best time to watch the Super Moon?
As the NASA video below explains, low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans. So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise tonight over the Atlantic Ocean at:
Cocoa Beach, Florida: 8:41 p.m. EDT
Miami, Florida: 8:34 p.m. EDT
Charleston, South Carolina: 8:47 p.m. EDT
For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Super Moon rise on Sunday night, this Full Moon brings along with it a 4-foot plus high tide that will occur around 8:42 p.m., with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.
Strawberry Super Moon?
According to Native American folklore, this full Moon is called a Strawberry Moon because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during the month of June. Other names for the first full Moon is June are Rose Moon and Flower Moon.
Are Strawberry Moons red or pink in color?
Sometimes. But Strawberry Moons are not necessarily red or pink in color just because they occur in June.
Like any full Moon, the Moon can appear pink, like the one in this video taken two months ago, which can be caused by atmospheric conditions on Earth or a partial lunar eclipse. Strawberry Moons can also appear brown-red in color during a total lunar eclipse.
According to NASA, the full moon on June 30, 1996 was barely a “Blue Moon” because it occurred as the second Full Moon within the month. In time zones East of Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast, however, this was the first Full Moon of July.
What’s so special about this 2013 Strawberry Super Moon?
This Super Moon will be the closest Super Moon of 2013. This Strawberry Super Moon will appear 13% larger and 30% brighter than normal Full Moons.
According to NASA, a Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth. When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon.
Where is the best place to watch the Super Moon?
The Super Moon will be visible around the world. The best place to watch tonight is wherever the viewer has a good view of the eastern horizon, lack of artificial lighting, and no local cloud cover.
Image and Video Credit: NASA
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