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Not-So-Super (New) Moon Coming Next Week

19 May 2017, 11:45 UTC
Not-So-Super (New) Moon Coming Next Week LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Next Thursday (May 25) brings us the moon that will come closest to the Earth in 2017. This information may bring to mind the term "supermoon," branding invented some years ago by an astrologer. When the moon arrives at that point in its orbit closest to the Earth (known as perigee) and also is at or near the full phase, the media immediately hypes it as a "special event" and urges the public to head outside to gaze upon a moon that will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

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