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Smallest Full Moon Of 2017 Is This Month

 

Last updated 5/31/2017 at 7:40pm



In view of all the recent hype over super moons, astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) point out that the upcoming June full moon will be the smallest of 2017, i.e., a mini-moon.

Why do we have full moons of different sizes throughout the year? The moon is a solid body, an almost perfect sphere with a diameter of 3,475 kilometers/2,159 miles that doesn’t change as it orbits the earth. However, what does change is its distance from the earth.

All celestial bodies orbiting with another around their common center of gravity, like a moon and planet do, follow a...



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