No, the Moon isn’t going to crash into the Earth tonight at 8:35 pm PDT (11:35 pm EDT). But when the “Super Moon” rises in the sky 32 minutes earlier, and keeps growing bigger and bigger as it ascends, you might think you’re living through an event as scary as that in the sci-fi movie When Worlds Collide.
Tonight’s big-time lunar event isn’t all that rare. We had a “Super Moon” last year on March 19th when our nearby neighbor in the Solar System came even closer to us than it will this evening.
So what the heck is a “Super Moon” and why do we care about seeing it? And suppose I slept through it? Just watch this “ScienceCast” video from NASA: