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When is the next Super Moon? A Guide for Families

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Are you wanting to see a super moon with your family? Here’s a quick guide that will help you make sure you don’t miss the next one. Pack a picnic blanket, grab some take away food and get ready to be amazed.

What is a Super Moon?

When you hear the word “SUPER MOON” you might be wondering what that actually means.

A super moon is when a full moon (new moon) coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches the Earth in its elliptic orbit. This means that, from our position on earth, we see a larger-than-usual apparent sized moon. It’s pretty amazing to look and definitely something to try and see for yourself!

How do we know when a Super Moon will be visible?

Here are some dates for Super Moon appearances. These dates were accurate at time of print (December 2017). For the most up to date information if you’re viewing this article at a later date, you could visit this website.

Year Date
2017 Monday, 4 December
2018 Tuesday, 2 January
2019 Monday, 21 January
2019 Wednesday, 20 February

What’s so significant about Super Moons?

Super Moon is not the scientific term for this phenomenon but it’s very descriptive and very apt! The biggest ever Super Moon was in 1948 and the one that we’re expecting in 2034 will come close to matching it. Depending on its position in the lunar phase, the Super Moon will look between 7% and 30% bigger than a normal moon!

Things to do after hours

It’s often difficult to schedule in fun things to do with kids if your working situation doesn’t allow for much spare time. We’ve found a few things that you might be able to organise that will make the most of some of those precious hours with your kids.

Got any other cool ideas to make the most of after hours with your kids? Let us know in the comments.

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