According to astronomers everywhere, a supermoon is scheduled to arrive Aug. 10, the second of three supermoons in 2014.
So what’s the big deal?
According to this explanation on earthsky.org, supermoon is not as exciting as it may sound. It simply describes a new or full moon that happens when the moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly orbit. There was also a supermoon on July 12, and there will be another on September 9.
In earthly terms, a supermoon, because it’s closer to earth, will cause slightly higher tides. Astrologers believe the supermoon actually has an effect on human behavior as well, but that’s subjective.
You’ll have to let us know if you observe any unusual stupid human tricks.
Anyway, below you will find some supermoon facts from the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department, so you can know exactly when the big bad supermoon will be rising in Manchester.
Note: You may consider a drive to the beach, where you can watch the supermoon rise with an unobstructed view, followed by a beach picnic and fried dough.
Sunday 10 August 2014 Eastern Daylight Time SUN Begin civil twilight 5:15 a.m. Sunrise 5:46 a.m. Sun transit 12:51 p.m. Sunset 7:55 p.m. End civil twilight 8:26 p.m. MOON Moonrise 6:55 p.m. on preceding day Moon transit 12:13 a.m. Moonset 5:37 a.m. Moonrise 7:38 p.m. Moonset 6:53 a.m. on following day
Full Moon on August 10, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.