The so-called ‘Super Moon’ struck Cambria Saturday evening as the moon’s closest approach on its appoximately 29-day trip around earth coincided (about 8 minutes off) with its fullest illumination by the sun as it is on the oppisite side of the earth from the sun, otherwise known as the full moon. At its closest approach, the moon is 221,467 miles from earth; at farthest, 252,723. A ‘super moon’ happens when the full moon is within one hour of closest approach. At left, Cambrian editor Bert Etling captures the moon at San Simeon Pier, about the same time as Cambria author Catherine Ryan Hyde snapped the moon rising over the Santa Lucias and a Green Valley barn, at right.
The so-called ‘Super Moon’ struck Cambria Saturday evening as the moon’s closest approach on its appoximately 29-day trip around earth coincided (about 8 minutes off) with its fullest illumination by the sun as it is on the oppisite side of the earth from the sun, otherwise known as the full moon. At its closest approach, the moon is 221,467 miles from earth; at farthest, 252,723. A ‘super moon’ happens when the full moon is within one hour of closest approach. At left, Cambrian editor Bert Etling captures the moon at San Simeon Pier, about the same time as Cambria author Catherine Ryan Hyde snapped the moon rising over the Santa Lucias and a Green Valley barn, at right.
The so-called ‘Super Moon’ struck Cambria Saturday evening as the moon’s closest approach on its appoximately 29-day trip around earth coincided (about 8 minutes off) with its fullest illumination by the sun as it is on the oppisite side of the earth from the sun, otherwise known as the full moon. At its closest approach, the moon is 221,467 miles from earth; at farthest, 252,723. A ‘super moon’ happens when the full moon is within one hour of closest approach. At left, Cambrian editor Bert Etling captures the moon at San Simeon Pier, about the same time as Cambria author Catherine Ryan Hyde snapped the moon rising over the Santa Lucias and a Green Valley barn, at right.

‘Super moon’ struck: Size of moon matters as nearest approach aligns with full illumination

May 10, 2012 12:07 PM