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03/05/2015 – Ephemeris – Tonight’s moon is the smallest full moon of the year

March 5, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, March 5th.  The Sun will rise at 7:13.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 6:35.   The Moon, at full today, will rise at 6:48 this evening.

We’ve heard all about the supermoon, when the moon is at its closest.  This is supposedly best seen when the full moon is rising.  Of course the rising moon or sun, or the setting of these bodies look larger than normal due to an optical illusion.  Well tonight’s full moon is the opposite.  The Moon is at apogee, which is the farthest it gets in its orbit of the Earth.  It’s 253 thousand miles (406 thousand km) from Earth.  So the Moon should be, let me see, a mini-moon?  So the Moon should appear small as it rises tonight.  So if it’s clear tonight you might check out the moon.  Does it appear as large as it usually does?  Or does it appear smaller?  The moon, being alone in the sky lacks anything else to compare its size to.  It makes estimations difficult.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Mini and supermoon comparison

Here are the full mini and supermoons of the year. Created using Cartes du Ceil (Sky Charts)

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