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What is a Supermoon?
A supermoon is a phenomenon that is based on the Moon's movements on Earth's orbit. The Moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical path, which makes its distance from Earth variable. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth during a full moon. The phenomenon is not particularly rare as there are usually about 3-4 per year.
A supermoon is a magnificent sight because the moon appears larger and brighter than during a regular lunar phase. It looks particularly impressive when it is close to the horizon because atmospheric refraction and optical illusions in the human brain can enhance its striking appearance.
Affect of a Supermoon
The affect of a supermoon on Earth and its climate is minimal because the Moon does not significantly affect atmospheric events. However, a supermoon can slightly affect tidal variations because its gravity affects Earth's tidal phenomenon.
The supermoon has also sparked interest in superstitious circles because it has been associated with natural disasters and other exceptional events. However, scientific studies do not support such a connection between supermoons and earthly events.