Super, Super Moon Tonight
Prince George, B.C.- After sunset, the Moon will seem larger, and brighter, as it reaches the closest point in its orbit (perigee) of Earth.
Because this position in orbit coincides with a full moon, it’s called a Supermoon, and this evening it will be about 30 miles closer to Earth than it has been since 1948.
Prince George area residents may not get to see much of this spectacle this evening as the forecast is calling for an overcast sky, however, the forecast looks more promising for tomorrow and NASA indicates the difference will be too slight to notice. So if you don’t get to see it this evening, tomorrow should be just as good.
When a Super Moon occurs it appears 14% larger than a normal full moon and appears 30% brighter.
Looking towards the horizon as the moon rises can create some spectacular images, as an optical illusion makes the moon appear absolutely huge .
If conditions don’t allow for a good viewing of this event, there will be another Super Moon on December 14th although it won’t be as spectacular as what is expected for tonight and tomorrow.
The next time the moon will be this close to Earth and in a full moon phase will be in 2034.