Two hours after reaching fullness today, the moon reached perigee. Perigee is the point nearest to earth the moon travels during its 29-day elliptical orbit around our host planet. When the moon reaches perigee at full stage it appears brighter and fuller and it's called a Super Moon. But today's perigee was something different. It was a milestone you might say. Today at around 9:30 A.M., CST the moon was 221,524 miles from earth. That's the nearest point the moon has traveled to earth since January 26, 1948. The moon won't swing this close again until November 25, 2034.
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