The moon is an astronomical body that orbits around the Earth and it is the only natural satellite that the Earth has. Moon has different phases and Supermoon is one of them.
What is a Supermoon?
When the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth a Supermoon occurs. Another significance is that it appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal, however, it’s difficult to spot the difference with the naked eyes.
Occurrence of Supermoon
The latest full supermoon, which was also known as Pink moon occurred on the 7th of May 2020 and the next will be on the 28th of March 2021.
So far, the closest full supermoon was recorded on the 14th of November 2016 and the current record of the closest full supermoon will be beaten, as an even closer full supermoon will appear on the 25th of November 2034.
Is the Supermoon a Cause For Natural Disasters?
The claim that was made by Nolle, regarding supermoons, causing “geographical stress” was proven to be wrong, by the scientists as they haven’t found anything significant that can link the Super Moon to natural disasters, nevertheless, they have confirmed that due to the effect of both sun and moon, the ocean’s tides being strongest in the presence of a new or full moon, resulting in Perigean Spring Tides.
Even though there is no solid evidence to show a link between natural disasters and supermoon, a series of natural disasters have occurred surrounding a supermoon period such as the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, a large, 7.5 magnitudes earthquake centered 15 km north-east of Culverden, New Zealand at 00:03 NZDT on November 14, 2016, and Tehran earthquake on May 8, 2020.
See The Top 15 most stunning photos of the Full Supermoon
A 100-megapixel single (pixel shift) photo of the moon taken through my backyard telescope in South Africa, a couple days before this most recent full #supermoon.— Cory Schmitz (@TheAstroShake) May 8, 2020
The full moon would not have fit on the sensor!
Yes, it's right-side-up.
For me. 🤓😉#astrophotography #moon pic.twitter.com/EywEUJMsN9
Flower moon rises over Y Garn, Glyderau, Snowdonia seen from Bodorgan, Anglesey. Probably get the video out in a day or two … 😊👍— David Griffiths (@dgriffgallery) May 6, 2020
.#flowermoon #supermoon #snowdonia #anglesey pic.twitter.com/jGQVVnkIUG