Each month, the moon makes a full orbit around the Earth in an oval path (not completely circular). Tonight, it will go by Earth at its closest distance, or perigree. Don’t worry, it’s not going to crash into us. It will be about 221,600 miles away (slightly more than the mileage on my six year old car). closer than average. However, this distance is about 17000 miles closer than average! Cool, huh?
So, I write all this about a full moon only to tell you that there’s no such thing as a full moon. If you’d like to read more about that, click here!
If you’re wondering, this full moon will cause abnormally high tides too!
This post was written by Eric Sorensen on January 29, 2010