‘Super moon’ over Bristol

Sunday's "super moon" rises over State Street in Bristol. Photo by Jason Calvert Sunday's "super moon" rises over State Street in Bristol. Photo by Jason Calvert

If you thought the moon over Bristol was a bit brighter than usual Sunday night, you weren’t imagining things.

People around the world  — and around the East Bay — marveled at the biggest, brightest moon of the year Sunday night, as Earth’s satellite appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a typical moon. The “super moon” phenomenon is caused by the moon’s path in space. Sunday marked the closest point to Earth in its rotation around the planet, NASA says. There is another “super moon” expected on Sept. 9, the third of the summer.

The moon usually orbits the Earth at about 238,855 miles. On Sunday, its elliptical orbit brought it about 17,000 miles closer.

 

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