Americans set to catch a glimpse of this weekend's Supermoon

What is a supermoon? If you missed last night's, don't worry - there are still two more chances to see one this fall.

Dirk Trudeau | Aug 30, 2015

   

An unusually large and bright moon, which many refer to as a "supermoon, " dazzled skywatchers across the globe on Saturday night as the moon approaches the Earth from a rare angle. According to a report from UPI, the moon made its closest approach to Earth, also known as perigee, at 222,631 miles from our atmosphere on Saturday evening.

The moon will appear 14 percent larger in the sky to viewers on the ground. It will be a difference of about 5,200 miles, as the average distance between the Earth and the moon is roughly 238,855 miles away.

The supermoon will preface two more supermoons this fall, one on September 27 and the third on October 27. The term "supermoon" hasn't been around for very long; astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term nearly 30 years ago. Before, the giant moons were simply called perigee full moons or perigee new moons.

If you're visiting the Canary Islands off of Morocco, you likely were treated to one of the best views of the moon in the world. However, stargazers across North America and Europe were also treated to a big, round, glowing moon in the night sky this weekend.

Many are fearful that the proximity of the moon to the Earth will influence the tides, leading to coastal flooding. As of this morning, not catastrophic floods have been reported as a result of the supermoon. It was a clear night, and even those who live near the ocean were treated to a beautiful view of the stunning moon hanging low in the sky.

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