Friday, March 4, 2016

New Super Moon next week

We are coming up on a New Moon this coming week on Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, 9th.  At the same time the moon will also reach lunar perigee, or its closest point to earth, on Wednesday,March 9th and you know what that means....Super Moon!

What, you say? Super Moon? But the moon isn’t anywhere near full on this date! 

That’s right. This isn’t a full Super Moon. Rather, it’s a new Super Moon.

Don’t expect to see the new Super Moon on March 9 as the new moon generally hides in the glare of the sun all day long, pretty much rising with the sun at sunrise and setting with the sun at sunset. Of course, on the other hand, if you were on the moon looking at Earth, you’d see a full Super Earth!
The March 9 extra-close new Super Moon will accentuate the spring tide, giving rise to what’s called a perigean spring tide and you should watch for high tides at that time. All new moons (and full moons) combine with the sun to create larger-than-usual tides, but perigee new moons (aka New Super Moons) elevate the tides slightly higher.
Will these high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system accompanies the perigean spring tide. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate perigean spring tides.

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