WEMU News
2:49 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Weather Decent For Viewing 'Super Moon'

The weather looks like it will cooperate and give us a decent view of tonight's "Super Moon".

EMU's Sherzer Observatory, as seen from the WEMU newsroom window.
Credit Bob Eccles

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Norbert Vance is director of Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory. 

He says that as the summer solstice approaches, the moon is at its lowest point on the horizon, "Which gives it the illusion of riding low and mysteriously colored orange in that southern sky."

And being a full moon, it'll appear huge tonight.  But Vance says you can take measurements and see that tonight's moon is no larger than the moon as it appears other nights high in the sky. 

This "Super Moon" is unusual in that it falls on Friday the 13th, which won't happen again for 35 years.

Find more on Sherzer Observatory online:

https://www.emich.edu/physicsastronomy/facilities/sherzer.php