About three or four times each year the moon reaches full about the time it is closest to earth in its monthly orbit. Recently, these close full moons are called super moons.
Astronomers call these full moons perigee syzygy moons. Perigee means closest distance to the earth and syzygy is a straight line of earth, moon and sun.
Super moons appear about 6% larger and 16% brighter than an average full moon. Super moons also have slightly higher tides due to the proximity and alignment of the moon and sun.
April’s super moon is followed by a slightly more distant May Flower super moon on the night of May 25/26. This full moon is extra special not as a close super moon but as the prelude to a predawn total lunar eclipse peaking a few minutes after 4 a.m.
Look for more about the May Flower Super Moon and Total Eclipse in the May Stargazer.