the most beautiful images of “Super Strawberry Moon”


SUPER MOON. Tonight, “Super Strawberry Moon” was visible in the night sky in France and around the world. Here are the most beautiful pictures and explanations of the phenomenon.

[Mis à jour le 15 juin 2022 à 11h53] This night from Tuesday, June 14th to Wednesday, June 15th, the full moon was closest to our planet, and we were able to see it larger and brighter than usual, a phenomenon nicknamed the “Supermoon” but preferred by scientists to call “perigee- syzygy” when the full moon is at the point in its orbit closest to Earth. The position of our natural satellite relative to Earth was actually at a distance of 357,658 kilometers, one of the shortest. For those who failed to roll their eyes, do not panic! The next supermoon is scheduled for July 13th.

Tonight the conditions were ideal for admiring the Moon. Given the clear sky, this Supermoon was, for once, extremely well visible in France’s night sky. From the USA to China via Marseille, discover the most beautiful supermoon pictures from 14 June:

The June 14, 2022 supermoon took place exactly at 13:51:46 according to the Institute of Celestial Mechanics and Ephemeris Calculation (IMCCE). Its observation in France was possible only from the moon at. 22.36 tonight, until kl. 06.08 Wednesday 15 June.

The phenomenon, dubbed the “Super Moon” by astrologer Richard Nolle, but which scientists prefer to call the “perigee-syzygy phenomenon,” occurs when the point of the lunar orbit is at a minimum distance from Earth. When is the moon closest to the earth? When located at a distance of less than 360,000 km (the average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 384,400 km) according to the Paris Observatory. On June 14, the full moon was about 357,658 kilometers from Earth.

The supermoon phenomenon is only visible from countries where it is dark when it passes behind the Earth. The supermoon can only really be observed after sunset with the naked eye using binoculars or a telescope. To observe a Supermoon under optimal conditions, it is necessary to equip yourself with astronomical glasses or a telescope, far from atmospheric pollution, or go to one of the clubs of the French Astronomical Society (AFA). See the map.

To be sure to observe all the details of the next Supermoon, arm yourself with a telescope or binoculars and be as far away from the city lights as possible. The supermoon can only be observed without a telescope if the weather is very good. To observe a supermoon, the sky must not be cloudy.

In astronomy, this event is called “perigee-syzygia”, the name of the Supermoon that has nothing scientific, as it is an invention of the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. “A supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moment when the Moon comes closest on Earth in its elliptical orbit, a point called the perigee, ”explains the NASA website.

By Supermoon we therefore mean a celestial phenomenon due to two elements: the only satellite on the planet Earth passes closest to us when it is full moon evening.

Strawberry Super Moon is so named by Native American tribes because it coincides with the strawberry season when they are ripe and can be harvested, usually near the summer solstice. On the other hand, it has neither red color nor fruit shape!

A supermoon appears slightly brighter and larger than a full moon, simply because it appears in the perigee, at its nearest orbital point to Earth, less than 360,000 km away.

Due to the proximity of the full moon to our planet Earth, its effects have an even stronger impact on tides, mood and sleep. In fact, as explained by a Swiss scientific study conducted in 2013 published in the journal Current Biology, “a lunar rhythm can modulate the structure of sleep in humans”. This means that the time to fall asleep is extended by 5 minutes, deep sleep is reduced by 30% and the duration of sleep by 20 minutes. Consequently, the level of melatonin, a hormone that is secreted during our sleep and which plays a role in mood, is lower, which can cause irritability or even depression.

If lunar eclipses can occur several times a year, the connection between the two phenomena (Supermoon and total eclipse) is rare and gives rise to what is called a blood moon. Centuries ago, “blood moons” were perceived as the announcement of great disasters. Today we know that this color is due to the projection of sunlight. During the lunar eclipse, it is possible to “see the reflections on the lunar surface of all sunrises and sunsets on Earth”, a phenomenon that results from “a rare adjustment of these three astronomical cycles”, a professor Jason Aufdenberg from Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University in Florida pointed to Point.

If a supermoon is advertised as a blue supermoon, it has nothing to do with its color. It is called that because it is the second full moon in a calendar month. A fact that only happens every 19 years. The last Super Blue Moon was on January 31, 2018. The connection of the phenomena, super blue moon and super blood moon, had not taken place since March 31, 1866, and the next will not take place until January 31, 2037. The use of the term “blue” would be the result of a blunder in an article in the American magazine for amateur astronomy Sky and telescope, in 1946. The article in question was titled “Once in a Blue Moon” and was written by journalist James Hugh Pruett, who misinterpreted the Maine Farmers’ Almanac from 1937. And then this confusing term has gone around the world in no time. .! Every two to three years, the year includes 13 full moons instead of 12. The super blue moon is therefore associated with the number 13. Medieval beliefs associate these years with 13 full moons with natural disasters, but gardeners rather evoke particularly rainy years not conducive to harvest.

The phrase “Century supermoon” must be taken with a pinch of salt. The last time our satellite approached so close to Earth was in 1948. On November 14, 2016, the Moon had never been so large since 1948. NASA, which spoke of “super extra moon”, announced one of the “most impressive moons” . appearances of the century “. But if you had expected to see a giant moon, you might have been disappointed.” This full moon [était] actually closest to Earth for the year 2016 […]but its change in apparent diameter [n’était] absolutely not easy to perceive with the naked eye “, explained the scientific author Guillaume Cannat in his blog Around the sky. The term” Super Moon “would have been invented by an astrologer forty years ago, and the clumsy used by NASA’s press service,” continued he. Although the phenomenon is quite unusual, Guillaume Cannat then warned us about the “extraordinary” nature of his observation.

Mark the date of the next Supermoon in your calendar: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, scheduled for 20:38 in Capricorn. The next Super Blue Blood Moon only reappears January 31, 2037.

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