The Science and Superstitions of Supermoons

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Appearing 14 percent larger and occurring about once a year, the super moon is thought to incite lunacy in viewers. Some people also have fear that supermoons have the capability to crash into Earth and wipe us all out. But one thing we know for sure is that this lunar phenomenon is also regarded as one of the most beautiful natural sights to see. But what exactly is a supermoon? Simply put, supermoon is the term we give our moon when it's at its closest points to Earth.

Typically appearing at its biggest in December due to the pull of Earth's gravity, supermoons may have a slight affect on tides—a scientific phenomena caused by the moon in every phase. But is a supermoon really something extraordinary? This playlist reveals the true science behind supermoons.

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