Forget the supermoon... and brace yourself for a super-duper-moon

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Monday 14 July 2014 21:10
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Stargazers across the world were wowed by the so-called supermoon this weekend, but astronomers have promised us an even brighter one next month.

The moon appeared larger and brighter than usual as it reached 'perigee' - when its oval-shaped orbit is at its closest point to Earth.

And that phenomenon will be accentuated on August 10th as the new full moon will be 863 miles closer than this weekend.

The moon's perigee - the opposite of its apogee - is defined as the period of time it spends within 90% of its closest approach to Earth. It becomes a supermoon when the perigee coincides with the moon being at its fullest.

More: 10 of the best 'supermoon' pictures from this weekend

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