The #Supermoon & #TheStronghold

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon comes into its closest elliptical orbit to the Earth. The technical name for this phenomenon is perigee. A full moon at perigee is visually larger as seen in the Earth’s night sky—14% larger in diameter, 30% larger in area and shines 30% brighter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, supermoons will tend to appear larger during the winter.

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The best time to enjoy a supermoon is after moonrise, weather permitting, when the moon is just above the horizon. A supermoon appears bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky because of the comparative size of the supermoon with the landscape – hills, foliage and buildings.

Civilizations throughout history have given this event various names—such as blood moon, harvest moon or hunter’s moon.

Sometimes a supermoon coincides with a lunar eclipse—which happened most recently September 27-28, 2015. It is not unusual for these eclipses to occur in a tetrad—4 lunar eclipses over the span of 2 years.

The next tetrad will occur—

  • April 25-26, 2032
  • October 18-19, 2032
  • April 14-15, 2033
  • October 8, 2033

The next supermoon dates are—

• November 14, 2016

• December 3, 2017

• January 1, 2018

For more information and behind-the-scenes photos of The Stronghold visit https://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/the-stronghold/.

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