A Perigee Supermoon to Start Your Week

A Perigee Supermoon to Start Your Week 600 400 perigeeadmin

A Perigee Supermoon to Start Your Week

If you didn’t get a chance to see it this morning, today was the largest ‘supermoon’ in 70 years. A supermoon occurs when the moon is full at the same time it’s orbit brings it closer to earth, which is called ‘perigee’. And now, you can probably see where our interest in this topic lies!

When a satellite (man made or artificial) orbits an object that orbit is generally not a perfect circle, but instead elliptical. In an elliptical orbit there is a point where the satellite is farthest from the body it orbits (‘apogee’), and a point where the satellite is closest (‘perigee’). Feel free to geek out on this point here!

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When our moon is both full and at it’s perigee point in the orbit, the moon can appear both 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it typically does. This phenomenon was visible last night and tonight, so get a peek when you can – this will be the closest supermoon until 2034!

So why Perigee Labs? We’re intrigued by the idea of being closer to our nearest celestial neighbor and we believe that by using technology intelligently, we can bring people closer together as well. Whether it’s a business trying to reach it’s customers, an organization trying to reach it’s advocates… we’re passionate about connecting people and bringing communities together. So when you gaze at the supermoon tonight, remember that together we can build what you can imagine, and bring you closer to the people you’re trying to reach.