Super Moon (2013)

This overly short post is dedicated to our constant extraterrestrial companion, the Moon (or Luna). The video below is a NASA science video on the 2011 perigee (super) moon. One key takeaway – if you decide to take a picture try to capture it as it comes over the horizon as it passes common reference points on the ground (such as trees or buildings).

And Happy Belated Summer Solstice! What do these things have to do with Geography? If we’re discussing the entirety of Earth, the perigee (super) full moon of June 2013 represents the closest the moon comes to the Earth in 2013. As the video notes, while natural disasters are unlikely, the effect on tides will be the strongest during the perigee (super) full moon.

The summer solstice occurs when a planet’s semi-minor axis is at its maximum tilt towards its star. In the northern hemisphere of Earth, this translates to the longest (in terms of daylight) day of the year. By the same token the winter solstice, when Earth is tilted at its maximum away from the Sun, is the shortest day of the year.

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