The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, July 2

The Witches Astronomy Digest for Monday, July 2

“Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.”

— Dorothy Morrison

 

Custom Planetary Positions for July 2
July 02, 2018
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun: 10 Cancer 31
Moon: 26 Aquarius 43
Mercury: 04 Leo 43
Venus: 21 Leo 22
Mars: 09 Aquarius 01 Rx
Jupiter: 13 Scorpio 27 Rx
Saturn: 05 Capricorn 30 Rx
Uranus: 02 Taurus 02
Neptune: 16 Pisces 27 Rx
Pluto: 20 Capricorn 16 Rx

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, July 2

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 61.59° ENE
Sun Altitude: 1.45°
Sun Distance: 94.504 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 5:38 am↑ 60° Northeast
Sunset Today: 8:18 pm↑ 300° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 39 minutes

 

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 209.55° SSW
Moon Altitude: 32.62°
Moon Distance: 250923 mi
Next New Moon: Jul 12, 20189:47 pm
Next Full Moon: Jul 27, 20183:20 pm
Next Moonset: Today9:34 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 84.7%

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timeanddate.com

Astrology of Today – Monday, July 2, 2018

The Moon is in Aquarius until 1:30 PM, after which the Moon is in Pisces.
The Moon is void until 1:30 PM (since yesterday at 6:55 PM).
The Moon is waning and in its Full phase until 4:15 AM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 28th in the sign of Capricorn, and the Last Quarter Moon will happen on July 6th.
Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).

What does it mean when the Moon is Void of Course

 

We all have the late and brilliant astrologer, Al H. Morrison to thank for his ground breaking work and promotion of the Void of Course Moon. Al spent well over 40 years of his life researching, writing and teaching this astrological technique. According to Al: “Every couple of days there comes a time which is best used to subjective, spiritual non-material concerns, like prayer, yoga, play, psychotherapy, or passive experience, sleep or meditation.

This period may last a few seconds, or it may be three days and nights in a single session. It begins when the Moon in transit makes the last major aspect it will make before it changes from one sign of the Zodiac to the next. It ends when the Moon enters the next sign. The name of this period is Void of Course Moon. You may call it a silly season, or vacation from normal living.

Decision-making in such periods turns out later to be unrealistic. Creativity diverges into unplanned directions, improvisions, false starts, error. If you buy any object you never use it fully. Enterprises founded while the Moon is Void of Course do fail after long and costly effort. Human judgment is more fallible than usual during the time the Moon is Void of Course. This is the principle factor in all observed experience thus far.

Routine proceeds readily, but often requires an adjustment later. Defects or shortages come to light. Delay and frustration are commonly experienced while the Moon is Void of Course.” The Moon is the fastest moving body in astrology. She spends about two and a half days in a sign. After she forms her last aspect she is void until she enters the next sign.

Visualize any endeavor begun with it being stamped VOID in bold capital letters and you can grasp the importance of following the Void of Course Moon. Having great aspects going on in your chart at the same time won’t save you either or bring success. Success or failure can result from the Moon being void or not.

The Moon rules our subconscious, emotions and feelings. When she goes “void” this is experienced on a mass global level. People are not tuned into reality 100%. Often they are prone to be detached from reality, spacey, and feel unanchored.

Some Examples of Don’ts during a Void of Course Moon:
1. Submit your resume for a new job, either by e-mail or snail mail.
2. Be interviewed for a new job or do a business presentation.
3. Start a new job.
4. Hold company meetings.
5. Make purchases.
6. Do not negotiate prices, test drive a vehicle or drive it for the first time.
7. Make an investment or open a new bank account.
8. Call on clients.
9. Start legal proceedings against someone.
10. Go on a first date.
11. Get engaged or married.
12. Have elective surgery.
13. Open a business.
14. Host a party or social affair.
15. Gamble or start a trip to a gaming facility.

Some Examples of Do’s during a Void of Course Moon:
1. Prayer and meditation.
2. Sleep and dream.
3. Non-material matters.
4. Let someone start proceedings AGAINST you in court.
5. End a relationship or get divorced.
6. Close doors to end business.

To achieve greater success in all your endeavors please consider using this beneficial astrological tool in timing things in your life. The advantages of knowing when the Moon is Void of Course or not will help you on the road to the realization of your dreams.

Author

JUDITH AUORA RYAN, ASTROLOGER, CLAIRVOYANT & FENG SHUI MASTER
Astrology by Judith Ryan

Moon in Aquarius

The Moon is traveling through Aquarius today. Go against the grain. Fight for a cause. Stand up for the underdog.

Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.

The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.

Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Monday, July 2

The Moon continues void and in the sign of Aquarius until 1:32 PM EDT, after which the Moon is in Pisces. While a Pisces Moon encourages us to break down barriers, a Mercury-Saturn quincunx today can have us worried about same. This influence can point to communication challenges that make it hard to get the point across, or to get from one place to the next without hassle. It can also lead to mental blocks or difficult decisions as we tend to doubt ourselves (and others) and whether we have all the details we need to make good, practical choices. Sensitivity to what’s said or not communicated can run high today.

The Moon is void until 1:32 PM EDT when it enters Pisces.

The sky this week for July 2 to July 8

Mercury and Venus and Mars, Oh My! Planets abound in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, July 2

Skygazers can catch a peek of Mercury in this week’s early evening sky. The innermost planet stands 10° high in the west-northwest a half-hour after sunset. Although Mercury glows brightly this evening, at magnitude 0.0, you might need binoculars to spot it initially against the twilight glow. Through a telescope, Mercury shows a disk that spans 6.8″ and appears slightly more than half-lit.

Tuesday, July 3

If ever there was a good time to track down Pluto, this is the night. The distant world appears a mere 3.5″ west of the 6th-magnitude star 50 Sagittarii in northeastern Sagittarius, making the task of finding the dwarf planet much easier than usual. Pluto glows dimly at 14th magnitude, however, so you’ll need an 8-inch or larger telescope to spot it visually.

Wednesday, July 4

No holiday better epitomizes summer in the United States than Independence Day. And the season’s namesake asterism — the Summer Triangle — will be on prominent display as fireworks ring out across the land. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead in late evening. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies about halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.

Thursday, July 5

Neptune rises around midnight local daylight time and appears nearly halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith as morning twilight commences. The magnitude 7.9 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.0° west-southwest of 4th-magnitude Phi (f) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.

Friday, July 6

Last Quarter Moon arrives at 3:51 a.m. EDT. It rises in the east around 1 a.m. local daylight time and climbs higher in the southeast as dawn approaches. During this period, our half-lit satellite lies among the background stars of northern Cetus the Whale.

If you ever thought the Sun’s distance controlled temperatures here on Earth, today should convince you otherwise. Earth reaches its most distant point from the Sun at 1 p.m. EDT. At this so-called aphelion, the two lie 94.5 million miles (152.1 million kilometers) apart, some 3.1 million miles (5.0 million km) farther away than they were at perihelion in early January. The Northern Hemisphere’s warm temperatures at this time of year arise because the Sun passes nearly overhead at noon; during winter, the Sun hangs low in the sky.

Saturday, July 7

Observers of the outer solar system can get a good view of Uranus before dawn. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 25° above the eastern horizon among the background stars of southwestern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.8 planet 4.3° northeast of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (o) Piscium. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.5″.

Sunday, July 8

Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around 2 a.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.3 and is essentially tied with Mars as the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets by 11 p.m. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 2.1° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 41″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.

Source

Astronomy Magazine

In the Sky This Month

Although July offers warm, dry conditions for skywatching, it also provides some of the shortest nights of the year in the northern hemisphere, limiting the hours under the stars. Fortunately, some of the best skywatching sights are visible in the early evening, not long after sunset. Venus reigns as the Evening Star all month, slowly climbing the western sky. Mercury peeks into view below Venus for much of the month, with the star Regulus close to both of them.

July 2: Tarazed
Aquila, the eagle, is in the eastern sky at nightfall. Its brightest star, Altair, is at the lower right corner of the Summer Triangle. A star named Tarazed is just above Altair. Tarazed is a giant star that is nearing the end of its life.

July 3: 16 Cygni
The binary system known as 16 Cygni is about 70 light-years away, in the constellation Cygnus, which is in the east and northeast in early evening. Both stars are nearly identical to the Sun, and one of them is orbited by a giant planet.

July 4: Northern Crown
A small semicircle of stars crowns the evening sky: Corona Borealis. It appears high overhead around 10 or 11 p.m. The crown’s brightest star is Alphecca, which means “bright one of the dish” – a reference to the constellation’s bowl shape.

July 5: Mercury in the Evening
The planet Mercury is putting in a decent appearance in the early evening sky. It’s quite low as twilight fades, to the north of due west. It looks like a moderately bright star, far to the lower right of Venus, the “evening star.”

July 6: Far from the Sun
With the Sun beating down on the northern hemisphere, it’s hard to realize that we’re farthest from the Sun for the entire year today. We’re about a million and a half miles farther than the average distance of 93 million miles.

July 7: Venus and Regulus
The evening star has a date with the lion the next couple of nights. They are due west at nightfall. The “evening star” is Venus, our closest planetary neighbor. It will snuggle close to the star Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion.

July 8: Summer Milky Way
Moon-free summer evenings are the best times of year to catch the splendor of the Milky Way. This hazy band of light represents the combined glow of millions of stars. They outline the disk of the Milky Way galaxy.

Source

StarDate

The Cosmic Calendar for July 2

With the lunar orb void in Aquarius until the monthly shift into Pisces occurs at 10:32am, there is no need to dash out of the starting gate with alacrity this morning. Once the moon does enter the watery realm of the last sign of the zodiac, be compassionate to the truly needy. Reach out a helping hand to partners, associates and dear ones under duress since Mercury is battling with Saturn via an off-kilter, 150-degree link (4:50pm) while the sun and the red planet Mars pummel one another in a dicey contra-parallel formation (5:45pm). With these two discordant sky configurations happening less than an hour apart, keep your cool in social settings and on the home front. Steer clear of temperamental souls who might subconsciously pull you into stress-producing emotional dramas. Dance away the moody blues tonight as the lunar orb in Pisces can give you happy feet.

[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Copyright 2018 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
Astrology.com

Cosmic Weather Horoscope for July 2018

Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room

July 2018 is a moon dance. But we’ll be dancing backwards, wearing high heels.

Prepare, anyway, for a few shifts in focus and a change of pace during July and August. There’s plenty of heat, passion, and jaw-dropping twists and turns, alongside much rewinding.

Vibrant Mars is closer to Earth than at any time since 2003, while summer’s eclipse season shakes up the status quo for many of us. We’ll learn a lot from the past this summer if we take the time to look closely at what’s been under our noses all along. A saying to bear in mind during this time might be ‘More haste, less speed’.

Happy July!

Tuesday 10th July:

Today, lovely Venus enters stylish Virgo, and mighty Jupiter turns direct at 13 degrees Scorpio. There’s an atmosphere of restrained exuberance, extravagance, and earthly delights in one corner of the universe when Venus sextiles Jupiter over the weekend of July 20th – 22nd.

If you’ve got personal horoscope planets or points at around 14 degrees of Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer – this one’s for you, so do look out for it.

So much is bubbling away in the cosmic cauldron, you might miss this little bit of magic if you’re distracted. It would be a lovely time for creative projects, lucky encounters, loving feelings, attracting money – and spending money like its going out of fashion.

Friday 13th July:

The Power of Love? : New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer the Crab

It’s a big sporting weekend, with the FIFA World Cup Final and Wimbledon Men’s Finals both taking place on Sunday. This solar eclipse presides over the weekend, and beyond – as always with any eclipse, we should expect turning points and surprises.

Lunar vibrations are extra potent as we greet this new Moon and partial solar eclipse in Cancer. This is a supermoon – at the closest point to Earth in its monthly cycle. It’s emotional impact could be intense, with both Sun and Moon in Cancer, the Moon’s own astrology sign, opposing powerful, secretive Pluto in Capricorn.

Intuition and instincts are on high alert, and making cool, calm, rational decisions will be a real challenge – particularly in the volatile days around this eclipse. Much is fluctuating, so wait a few days if you can. Cancer is a loving, deeply sensitive sign – we will also be very much aware of the power of love, and loving feelings.

The Moon rules the public, the general population – so that’s all of us. This new Moon in Cancer will highlight news, secrets, or events about women, fertility, and the oceans. There may be dramatic rainfall, flooding, or storms at sea.

The Sun is at 20 Cancer in the national horoscopes for Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. The eclipse brings up questions around leadership, bosses, and perhaps dealing with dramatic weather conditions in these locations.

The Moon is at 19 Cancer in the horoscope for the UK Union, 1801 – women, and prominent or famous women in particular – are very much in the eclipse spotlight. Events could highlight a need for reform, regeneration, or signal an important, even chaotic, public event.

Mars is at 20 Capricorn in the national horoscope for New Zealand (1907). Mars sits on the Dragon’s Tail or fateful, karmic South Node of the Moon. The Dragon’s Head, or North Node, aligns with the eclipse at 20 Cancer.

An eclipse question New Zealand might ask is “what’s been learned from past actions, and where do we go next?”

This partial solar eclipse is visible, in part, in Adelaide and Melbourne, South Australia. It is visible over the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

This eclipse is important for you if you have planets or points at around 20 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn. People with 20 degrees of Aries or Libra in their personal horoscopes could notice some eclipse effects too.

Sunday 22nd July:

Here comes the Sun!

The Sun enters fiery Leo the Lion (and Lioness) – its radiant home sign today. The Sun in Leo is warm, loving, generous, creative and playful. The qualities of the Sun in astrology are magnified here in the Sun’s home sign.

Leo rules the fifth house of the natural zodiac – the house of children, creativity, speculation, and romance. Lurking in Leo’s shadows are bossiness, vanity, and brashness. But Leo rules the heart, and that’s what Sun in Leo asks us all to focus on.

‘Tonight the Super Trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one’

From Abba’s ’Super Trouper’ lyrics (1980) by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

Current planet patterns mean that the Sun is crackling with surprises, and the urge for freedom. Between 22nd and 25th July Uranus in early Taurus squares off with the Sun in Leo, symbolising sudden insights, unlikely infatuations, liberation, and brand-new circumstances.

By Friday, 27th July, there’s yet more electrifying energy as the Sun opposes Mars at the spectacular total lunar eclipse. It’s competitive, physical, and potentially aggressive.

So roll with the punches, and hold off on any binding decisions. What July and August’s events and news reveal could mean we need to make important adjustments, or feel free to change our minds more than once.

Thursday 26th July:

Slow Down for Summer

Mercury turns retrograde today at 23 degrees Leo. The planet of media, travel, communications and languages is backtracking until 19th August.

There’ll be more slow-downs and snarl-ups to negotiate during 2018’s summer holidays. Do leave extra time for travel, check everything twice, and – as always – take care of your cards and cash, especially when using online services.

At this point, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are all retrograde. In August, once Uranus turns back on the 7th, there will be six planets out of the classical ten used in traditional astrology travelling in retrograde motion. Most of us will feel this slow down, and experience a few blasts from the past.

The big cosmic message for this phase is – try not rush, and aim to deal with – or park – any frustrations before they erupt into messy tantrums. Looking back over the year, or your ongoing dreams and projects, will be fulfilling and productive in the end.

Slowing down can be a beautiful, life-affirming thing to do. It allows us to be in the moment, to notice precious, fleeting details, to connect with the source of life, love, and creativity – and each other. This big retrograde season has a purpose beyond being annoying – ‘busyness’ doesn’t always bring happiness, or the results we’re aiming for.

Friday 27th July:

A Dramatic Weekend

Between Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st July the mighty Red Planet, Mars, is at its closest approach to Earth until 2020. It’s visible in the night sky, all night long.

Veteran astrologer Richard Nolle calls this close approach Mars Max – a time when Mars is just, well, more Martian.

He writes – “..all things pertaining to Mars loom larger and larger in human experience during this period: haste, heat, fire, danger, belligerence and conflict…..Not all of this happens with malice of forethought mind you. Recklessness, haste, and inattention can easily cause just as many fires, crashes, clashes and explosions.”

Mars has been drawing ever closer to us here on Earth this spring and early summer. Once it reaches its closest approach, it gradually begins to fade in our skies as it moves away. However, Mars doesn’t leave the battlefield swiftly and we can expect this edgy phase to resonate on into September.

Meanwhile, as the July temperature rises – literally or metaphorically – Mars could noticeably impact on your own horoscope if you have planets in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius at around 4 degrees. There’s high, hot energy – it’s punchy.

There’s more about Mars retrograde in the Cosmic Weather for June. Basically, it can be a terrible time to confront others, but a positive time to review your actions or projects.

We’ll all be more aware of the energy of Mars this summer, and many people will be inclined to act on impulse, or be on a rather short fuse.

The astrology is:

Mars in Aquarius opposes the Sun in Leo on 26th-27th July

Mars in Aquarius, and late Capricorn, squares Uranus in Taurus 24th July – 25th September – do take it easy everyone.

And then, to round off the month, there’s this little firecracker…..

Friday, 27th July – Saturday 28th July:

Moon Madness: Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius

The Blood Moon of July’s total lunar eclipse in Aquarius is widely visible, weather permitting.

We can watch it in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Totality is a whopping 103 minutes. The whole show, from the first shadowy ‘bite’ out of the Moon’s silver disc, goes on much longer. This eclipse will have a real, lasting impact on our collective emotions. It is volatile, for it’s aligned with warrior Mars.

The eclipse and its themes are re-energised towards the end of September, when Mars returns to this degree of Aquarius, a degree that is now super-sensitive.

Aquarian themes illuminated by this energetic eclipse include technology, electricity, humanitarian organisations and groups, inventive epiphanies, rebellions and upheavals. There may be spectacular electrical storms or outages. People could be in the mood to call a strike or join a mass protest.

The Witches Current Moon Phase for July 2

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 84%

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 84%
Moon Age: 18.61 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 402,288.03 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,097,844.80 km

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MoonGiant

Supermoon Coming July 12

What Is a Supermoon and When Is the Next One?
When the Full Moon occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee, it appears larger and brighter in the sky. This phenomenon is often called a supermoon.

A New Moon at perigee is also often referred to as a supermoon. However, this event usually garners less attention because a New Moon is invisible from Earth.

Perigee and Apogee
The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average, the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles).

The point on the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called the perigee and the point farthest away is the apogee.

Super Full Moon and Super New Moon
When a Full Moon takes place when the Moon is near its closest approach to Earth, it is called a Super Full Moon. When there is a New Moon around the closest point to Earth, it is known as a Super New Moon.

A Micromoon, on the other hand, is when a Full or a New Moon is near its farthest point from Earth, around apogee. It’s also known as a Minimoon, Mini Full Moon, or a Mini New Moon.

Not an Official Name
Supermoon is not an official astronomical term. It was first coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, in 1979. He defined it as ‘a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit’. It is not clear why he chose the 90% cut off in his definition.

Supermoon Definition
There are no official rules as to how close or far the Moon must be to qualify as a Supermoon or a Micro Moon. Different outlets use different definitions. Due to this, a Full Moon classified as a Supermoon by one source may not qualify as a Super Full Moon by another.

The following definitions are used at timeanddate.com:
Supermoon: A Full or New Moon that occurs when the center of the Moon is less than 360,000 kilometers (ca. 223,694 miles) from the center of Earth.
Micromoon: A Full Moon or New Moon that takes place when the center of the Moon is farther than 405,000 kilometers (ca. 251,655 miles) from the center of Earth.
A Super Full Moon’s angular size is 12.5%–14.1% bigger than a Micro Full Moon, and 5.9%–6.9% bigger than an average Full Moon (in years 1550–2650).

Technical Name: Perigee-syzygy
The technical term for a Supermoon is perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. In astronomy, the term syzygy refers to the straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies. Another name is perigee Full Moon.

When the Moon is close to the lunar nodes of its path during a syzygy, it causes a total solar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse

Looks Bigger and Brighter
Because it’s so close to Earth, a Super Full Moon also looks about 30% brighter than a Micro Full Moon and about 16% brighter than an average Full Moon.

The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon will come even closer to Earth is on November 25, 2034 (dates based on UTC time).

Moon Illusion: Best at Moonrise and Moonset
The best time to enjoy a Super Full Moon, or any other Full Moon, is just after moonrise, when the Moon is close to the horizon. Just before moonset is also a good time.

When the Full Moon is low, it looks bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky. This is called the Moon illusion, and actually makes more of a difference to what it looks like than the real boost you get from it being a bit closer to Earth.

Higher Tides at Supermoon
The greatest difference between high and low tide is around Full Moon and New Moon. During these Moon phases, the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun combine to pull the ocean’s water in the same direction. These tides are known as spring tides or king tides.

Supermoons lead to around 5 cm (2 inches) larger variation than regular spring tides, called perigean spring tides.

The tidal range is smallest during the two Quarter Moons, known as neaps or neap tide.

Natural Disaster Trigger?
Although the Sun and the Moon’s alignment cause a small increase in tectonic activity, the effects of the Supermoon on Earth are minor. Many scientists have conducted studies, and they haven’t found anything significant that can link the Super Moon to natural disasters.

According to NASA, the combination of the Moon being at its closest and at Full Moon, should not affect the internal energy balance of the Earth since there are lunar tides every day.

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timeanddate.com