The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

Don’t underestimate the power of the moon. Super full moons like the one last night happen when the moon is closest to Earth, and they bring higher tides. For coastal cities like Miami or Boston or Norfolk, high tides also mean an increased risk of flooding.

Why This Matters: “In short, the moon has very strong control over how we experience sea level. It doesn’t affect sea-level rise, but it can hide or exaggerate it,” writes Brian McNoldy, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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Passover and the Pink Moon

Passover and the Pink Moon

On Tuesday night the world was treated to a “pink supermoon”  —  it was the biggest and brightest of 2020.  This is the first full moon after the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, so it is known as a pink moon.  And last night marked the first night of Passover — one that many […]

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