BRADENTON, Fla. -- The super moon: Is it all just a lot of super hype? Depends on who you ask. The science is right -- it is closer, bigger and brighter. But will you be able to see the difference?
It was hard not to catch a glimpse or snap a photo of the super moon in the sky last night. It’s the closest it’s been to the earth by 17,000 miles in 69 years. Scientists say it’s 14% bigger and 30 percent brighter.
Carol Hohne took photos of the moon at 5 a.m. Monday. She says, “It was beautiful but not as big as I thought.”
“It’s going to look a bit different but to the casual observer I don’t think they will see much difference,” says Jeff Rodgers, director of the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton.
Rodgers suggests focusing on the moon’s brightness but do it without the telescope save it for a dimmer quarter or crescent moon.
Rodgers says, “It’s very, very bright in your telescope not a good time to see features on the surface of the moon.”
The full moon impacts tides, too. Florida’s east coast has been under a coastal advisory with tides 1 to 2 feet higher than normal. There’s been some localized flooding in South Florida. The National Weather Service says unlike the west coast, the east coast is experiencing onshore winds pushing the tides further in.
The NWS says the super noon’s super tide will be only about half a foot above normal for the Tampa Bay area.
And unlike popular belief Rodgers says a full moon super or not doesn’t impact human biology or behavior.
“Maybe it’s just an excuse to act a little bit crazy,” says Rodgers.
Even if you can’t tell the moon is bigger and brighter…it’s worth a little moon gazing.
Rodgers says “It’s a full moon and those are beautiful in their own right.”
Scientists say the largest and closest moon to the earth every year is called a super Mmon. But the next super moon compared to this one will be Nov. 25, 2034, and scientists say it will be closer to earth than the current one.