Make room, a summer of super moons is approaching!

The mysterious light and look of the Moon will be bathing our planet in July, August and September, according to www.space.com .

A super moon is considered to be 14 % bigger than 30 % brighter than other full moons. A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.

The most recent occurrence was on 30 January 2014. The next occurrence will be on 10 August 2014, which will be the closest encounter in 2014.
The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micromoon,though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.

 

Ioana Toader, Access Romania Online

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The eruption of the Volcano Pavlof from Alaska, seen from space

ISS036-E-002105_lrgThe volcano Pavlof from Alaska has offered on May 18, 2013, some great images to the astronauts of the board of International Space Station (ISS), which managed to take photos when the volcano erupted. The perspective from ISS managed to catch the astonishing tridimensional structure of the ash cloud, which can be rarely observed by the satellites with sensors for remote sensing, according to the American Space Agency.

Located in the Aleutian Arch, about 1,000 kilometers S-W of Anchorage, the volcano Pavlov started to erupt on May 13, 2013. The volcano blew up lava and a ash column which arose to a height of 6,000 meters.

According to the terrestrial observer of NASA (Earth Observatory), the ash cloud extended to S-E, over the North Pacific.

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Pavlof Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in Alaska, and his last eruption was in 2007. According to the Volcanic Observer from Alaska, Pavlof volcano erupted more than 20 times between 1901 and 2007.

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-Access Romania Online-Ioana Toader

foto source:  Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center