BROWNSVILLE (NEWS CENTER 23) — Across the world, people tweeted and facebooked impressive pictures of the Super Moon Saturday morning.
The astronomical phenomenon known as “supermoon” lit up the sky early Saturday.
Unfortunately for our area, those cumulus clouds were blocking our view.
According to NASA, the moon appeared at least 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter to people who could see it.
It was the first of 3 this summer, and it’s not called ‘super’ just because it’s swell to look at.
People began calling the phenomenon a supermoon after astrologer Richard Nolle added the ‘super’ back in 1979 to denote how close the moon appears to be.
In fact, supermoons are close. They occur when the moon reaches the nearest point to Earth in its Elliptical orbit — the perigee – just 223,693 miles away. When it is furthest from Earth, it is at its apogee.
Ok, enough with the science stuff, here's some of the superstitions people believe.
People have often linked the supermoon to natural disasters, including most recently, the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan and Hurricane Katrina.
Others believe it increases a woman’s fertility.
And for those who are wondering, experts say these superstitions are all NOT true.
But don’t fret if you missed the celestial marvel, there are two more supermoons scheduled for this summer.
Just be sure to pencil in time to stargaze on August 10 and September 9.