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When is the Next Super Moon? A Guide for Families

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. It’s one of our favourite free things to do!

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 at and definitely something to try and see for yourself!

Is you child inspired by outer space? Check out our Moon Landing Facts for Kids and our Kids Guide to the International Space Station!

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

Brisbane Astronomical Society

Here are some dates for Super Moon appearances. These dates were accurate at time of publication (Jan 2023). For the most up to date information if you’re viewing this article at a later date, you could visit this website.

  • 2024 – Wednesday 18 September
  • 2024 – Thursday 17 October
  • 2025 Wednesday 5 November
  • 2025 Friday 5 December

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! What’s so significant about Super Moons?

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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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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