Full moon setting at sunrise over the ponds, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM, November 14, 2016

Chupadera Moonset

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM

November 14, 2016

Moonset Sunrise

I caught this image of the supermoon setting yesterday morning behind Chupadera Peak in the early light of dawn.

Supermoon

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. The term supermoon is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but this effect is very slight.

The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micromoon, though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.

The most recent supermoon occurred on November 14, 2016, the closest to Earth since January 26, 1948, and the next one like this will not be until November 25, 2034. The closest supermoon of the century will occur on December 6, 2052.

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