Year's smallest full moon rises Thursday night

Minimoon to be visible over Doha tomorrow from 6.16pm

The full moon on June 9 will be the smallest one this year because the familiar celestial body will be at its farthest distance from Earth.

This pic. of the (98%) full moon last night is from Jack Martin. If you're not an early riser, the second best time to view it is around sunset Thursday, which is at 8:32 pm. To make the most of this cosmic event, sky gazers should consult a moonrise and moonset calculator.

Micromoon: A Full Moon or New Moon that takes place when the center of the Moon is farther than 251,655 miles (405,000 kilometers) from the center of Earth.

When a scientist refers to a minimoon, they mean a moon which is at or nearing its apogee.

Supermoons and minimoons occur because the lunar orbit is not a flawless circle.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not in a flawless circle, so some months a full moon is closer to our planet than it is in other months.

There will be a live stream of the full moon via telescope from Slooh. The supermoon is 30 percent brighter than a micro-moon, but only 14 percent bigger.




"The difference between the largest and smallest full moon is only 4 arcminutes, near the limit of what the naked eye can detect", states Ernie Wright, a lead visualizer at the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.

A variety of other names have also been given to the June full moon such as Honey Moon or Rose Moon.

The annual "strawberry moon" is set to rise tonight. Native Americans gave names to the full moon of each month to keep track the season.

This sweet sounding moon received its name from the Algonquin tribes, as it marked the beginning of the fruit picking season.

The minimoon is once a year only event, so those that can not watch it at its apogee should at least check it out around 15 hours before or after this period.

According to EarthSky eagle-eyed moon watchers may notice that it appears a bit fainter than it would normally.

Rebecca McGhee is a valuable contributor for several publications and online platforms.

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