Syzygy: The nearly straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system.
The term supermoon is not widely accepted or used within the astronomy or scientific community, who prefer the term perigee-syzygy. Perigee is the point at which the moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzygy is full or new moon, when the Earth, the moon and the sun are aligned. Hence, supermoon can be regarded as a combination of the two, although they do not perfectly coincide each time.
Last night, according to those who saw it, the Moon was absolutely huge and gorgeous! Did you see it? I finally saw it when it rose above the clouds. By then it was only slightly larger than usual, but incredibly bright.
I look forward to seeing the next Super Moon on November 14, 2016. I’ve already ordered clear skies for the event.
This is our daily open thread — Super Moon stories! Share ’em if you’ve got ’em!