Why was the moon so bright last night?

it was really weird i felt like the lights in my room were on


What's a super moon?

in short, Super Moon day is the full moon day, when the moon is closest to earth. Actually the moon is at an average distance of 400,000 km from earth. But in March 19, 2011 Moon will be closest to earth, that is at a distance of 356,577 kilometers. Some astrological scientists think that in Super Moon day some serious disasters like the cyclical tides in the ocean, earthquakes and storms will occur in earth. Western Astrologer Richard Nolle suggests that Super Moon day on March 19, 2011 will cause maximum disaster to earth. He termed Super Moon day on March 19 as "Extreme Supermoon Day". But majority of the scientists does not agree with Nolle because there is no scientific reason behind this.

Other thigns about the supermoon that you might've not known..

Have super moon day has done harm in past ?

Now lets check the history of Super Moon day which may be eager to know by many readers. Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. Some scientists claims that these Super Moon has cause extreme disaster to earth.

Tsunami which causes the death of thousands of people in Indonesia on December 25 occurs just weeks before January 2005 Super Moon day. Hurricane Katrina also came during this period. Cyclone Tracy which causes harm to Australia came during 1974 Super Moon day. Those who supports "Disaster on Super Moon day" also claims that New England hurricane of 1938 and the Australian Hunter Valley floods of 1955 happened during Super Moons. But majority of the scientists claims that these incidence are just coincidence and there is no connection with Super Moon day. They also says that moon during 2004 Tsunami was farthest from Earth.


The weather was great


It was the closest it's been to the Earth in the last 18 years. This is known as a super moon.


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You can enjoy the same brightness today also. in New york Sky on following dates

Rising and setting times for the Moon

Meridian Passing

Date Moonrise Moonset Time Altitude Distance Illuminated Phase


20 Mar 2011 -20:45 07:03- 01:20 42.4° 356,786 99.5%

21 Mar 2011 -22:02 07:38- 02:16 36.6° 358,721 96.4%

22 Mar 2011 -23:16 08:17- 03:13 31.7° 362,543 90.4%

23 Mar 2011 09:01 04:11 28.1° 367,813 82.0%

24 Mar 2011 00:25 09:52 05:10 26.1° 373,966 72.2%

25 Mar 2011 01:27 10:49 06:08 25.6° 380,414 61.5%

26 Mar 2011 02:19 11:49 07:03 26.6° 386,643 50.6% 3Q at 08:08

All times are in local time for New York