We’re told that during a “regular” supermoon, the Full Moon is about 14% larger than average, and 30% brighter. But this is not a very large amount on the celestial scale, and too little to spot with just the unaided eye alone, without optical measuring instruments. The average size of the Moon in the sky is about the same as the width of a pencil eraser held out at arm’s length. The “supermoon” of 2016 will be only about 1/13th wider than average. Can you judge a width of 1/13 of pencil eraser held at arm’s length?
The Full Moon of 1948 was only 30 miles closer to the Earth than in 2016! And the Full Moon of 2034 is only 21 miles closer to Earth than this year! Think about it… on an astronomical scale, how much difference could that really make? The answer – the 1948 supermoon appeared 0.01% wider than in 2016! And the supermoon of 2034 will appear a whopping 0.02% larger than this year!
Many people report actually noticing that a supermoon appears larger and brighter than normal. This might be due to the power of suggestion, something the media is very good at! So don’t fall for the hype! Trust Classical Astronomy to set the record straight! #supermoon #supermoon2016 #ClosestSupermoon #superdupermoon