(Image from StarryNight Software)
Tonight is the night of a “Supermoon”. This is a term that refers to the time when the moon reaches perigee, or the time when it is closest to earth in it’s elliptical orbit; it happens every year. The neat thing this year is that perigee almost exactly matches the time of the full moon. Full moon is at 11:34 P.M. Eastern Time (12:34 Central), and Perigee is at 11:35 Eastern Time (12:35 Central). The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter. Will you notice it? Probably not, unless you know that it’s happening and look really hard. It has no effect on the earth at all.
Hopefully I’ll be able to take some pictures and post them later. Clear skies!