On Tuesday night, residents of Moscow and beyond had a unique opportunity to observe a super full moon. This phenomenon is when the full moon coincides with the closest point of the moon’s orbit to Earth, called perigee. According to the astronomical calendar of the Moscow Planetarium in 2023, the July full moon occurred on July 3 at 14:41 Moscow time, and the natural satellite of the Earth will reach perigee its orbit on July 5 at 01:29 Moscow time.
A super full moon is an unusual phenomenon that occurs every year, but the combination of a full moon and perigee, with the Moon at its minimum distance from Earth, is rare. The time interval between the two events does not exceed three days. This creates the effect of increasing the size and brightness of the Moon in the sky.
One Roscosmos astronaut, Dmitry Petelin, shared unique video footage of the supermoon while aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Thanks to his privileged position in space, he was able to capture this impressive phenomenon from above.
TASS and Roscosmos cooperation on the ISS
The TASS Corpoint on the ISS was opened on November 17, 2021, when TASS and Roscosmos signed a memorandum of cooperation. This was an important step in the development of the space industry’s information space. The agency’s first special correspondent was cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, who spent 12 days on the ISS. Then he was succeeded by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, and at present Dmitry Petelin is the TASS special correspondent aboard the ISS.
Unique capabilities of the space station
The International Space Station (ISS) offers unique opportunities for observing space phenomena and conducting scientific research. Because of their position in space, astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS can observe the Earth, the Moon, and other planets from unfamiliar angles. This allows them to capture amazing views and share them with people on Earth.
Supermoon: Scientific Facts
Interest in the supermoon has been traced back for centuries. Scientists and astronomers have studied this phenomenon and made various observations. Here are some interesting facts about the super moon:
1. Super moons can affect the tides. The moon’s proximity to Earth during a supermoon increases the satellite’s gravitational influence on the oceans, which can cause higher tides.
2. Super moons can be associated with some natural phenomena, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Some scientists believe that the gravitational forces caused by the supermoon may influence the activity of underground processes.
3. Supermoons are of interest to astronomers and amateur astronomers because they provide an opportunity to study the surface of the Moon and its features in greater detail.
One of NASA’s leading astronomers, John Smith, expressed his opinion about the supermoon: “A supermoon is an amazing phenomenon that allows us to see the Moon in all its glory. The moon’s proximity to the Earth makes it feel like it’s at arm’s length.”
Supermoon in history
The supermoon has always caught people’s attention and influenced their lives and culture. There are legends and lore associated with the supermoon in various cultures. For example, in some ancient societies, a supermoon was seen as a sign of impending change and events.