On Saturday the ‘superluna’ will draw approximately 357 000 kilometers from Earth. That’s about 24 600 km closer than the average.
The proximity to the moon will appear about 14% larger than if you were at its farthest point, said Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory.
The difference is apparently so small that “one would be hard pressed to detect it with the unaided eye of a lens,” said Chester.
The distance of the Moon from the Earth varies because it follows an elliptical rather than circular.
Like any full moon look bigger when it is on or near the horizon than when higher in the sky, thanks to an optical illusion, said Chester.
The ‘súperluna’ cause unusually high tides due to its proximity and alignment with the sun and Earth, but the effect is modest, said Chester.
But no matter how far the moon is full, will not cause people to commit crimes, whether committed to a psychiatric hospital or do anything that suggest several popular beliefs, said one psychologist.
“Studies that have attempted to document such connections, to my knowledge, have not found anything,” said Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University.
Lilienfeld, author of 50 Great myths of popular psychology , said the idea that the full moon causes bizarre behavior is among the 10 major myths because “it is quite widespread and is held with great conviction.”
Lilienfeld said a key reason could be the way people pay attention to things.
If something unusual occurs when the moon is full, people who believe the myth notes and remember it, and even tells other people, because it confirms their ideas.
But when the moon appears full again and nothing happens out of the ordinary, “is very unlikely to be remembered or brought to others.
So in the end all they remember are the similarities.
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