A Supermoon is an astrological term for what astronomers call perigee-syzygy or perigee New/Full Moon; aka when the New or Full Moon is at its closest to Earth on its orbit. This makes the Moon look heap big and bright, supremely photogenic. Supermoons have a noticeable effect on the tides above and beyond regular New/Full Moons, at an increase of around 19% (which is either significant or insignificant, depending on who you ask, but is still tangible either way).
Astrologically, one could look at Supermoons as reduced eclipses in intensity and duration. The effects last as long as any typical New/Full Moon but man, what a punch they can pack while in effect!
Sometimes Supermoons coincide with actual eclipses, such as we’ll see in 2018. Not too soon to mark your calendar, both for dramatic sky watching and photography opportunities and for unfolding of events.
We’ve already got three of the Supermoons out of the way for 2017, with the next one not until December 3rd. Here’s the times and dates for the past and present Supermoons of 2017 and 2018:
New Moon 6 degrees Taurus, April 26th @ 7:16 AM CST
New Moon 4 degrees Gemini, May 25th @ 2:44 PM CST
New Moon 2 degrees Cancer, June 23rd @ 9:31 PM CST
Full Moon 11 degrees Gemini, December 3rd @ 9:47 AM CST
Full Moon 11 degrees Cancer, January 1st @ 8:24 PM CST
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 11 degrees Leo, January 31st @ 7:27 AM CST
New Moon 22 degrees Gemini, June 13th @ 2:43 PM CST
New Moon Solar Eclipse 20 degrees Cancer, July 12th @ 9:48 PM CST
New Moon Solar Eclipse 18 degrees Leo, August 11th @ 4:58 AM CST
SEE ALSO: Lunar Almanac 2017-2019