Pennsylvania Starwatch: So called 'super moon' isn't so super

August 10, 2014 8:04 AM

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Pennsylvania Starwatch: So called 'super moon' isn't so super

No doubt you probably already heard or read that this weekend the full moon shining in our August skies is a "super moon." Up until the last few years, most people had never even heard of that term before, including yours truly. The term was actually coined by Richard Nolle, a famous astrologer, making it much more a term and tool of the practice of astrology and horoscopes than that of the science of astronomy. That's why a lot of us haven't heard the super moon moniker until recently.

That sure has changed, though, because it's become a new media darling buzz term. In fact, some sources now say it's possible to have multiple super moons in one year. Now, I'm not necessarily against it, and I don't want to be a Johnny Buzzkill, but in all honesty, a super moon is not all that supe...

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