It gets much more attention when we have a “supermoon,” when the Moon’s orbit is close to Earth, but tonight’s full Moon is the smallest full moon of the year.

Unofficial names for it are micro-moon or mini-moon. Tonight the Moon will be about 50,000 kilometers (30,000 miles) farther away from Earth than will the year’s closest full Moon. The Moon is both full and at lunar apogee (the moon’s farthest point in its monthly orbit) on this day.

For the precisely-minded reader, the crest of the moon’s full phase comes at 18:05 Universal Time, which in Paradelle is during the day at 1:05 p.m. EST, so you might feel its pull under your feet from the other side of the planet.

I’ll remind you come September 28, 2015 that the Full Moon (usually called the Harvest Moon) will be the closest full moon of this year and it will stage a total eclipse of the Moon. These astronomical oddities always get people to look up at the sky with a bit more attention. You’ll probably hear it called a Blood Moon eclipse.

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