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If you look at tonight’s full moon and think it looks smaller than usual, you’d be right. It’s the smallest full moon of the year!
The moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle–it’s shaped more like an egg. That means the moon isn’t always the same distance from the Earth. Tonight the moon will be at its furthest point from the Earth, at what is called its apogee. That makes the Earth seem smaller when viewed from Earth. It also affects the moon’s pull on tides. The pull will be weaker than usual.
Read more about tonight’s full moon on National Geographic News.
How much do you know about the moon? Quiz Your Noodle and find out!
Photograph by Marti Kallas, My Shot