Close Encounter of the Lunar Kind
Tomorrow night the full moon will be the biggest of the year because it will only be 221,824 miles away! Scientists call it a perigree-syzgy moon. Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzgy is a full or new moon when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are aligned.
Because of the alignment we will have higher than normal tides tonight and tomorrow. The higher than normal tides associated with the super moon have been blamed for ships being grounded and even certain natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. Although we know coronal holes on the sun contribute far more to earthquakes than the moon, the moon theory is much sexier. Go figure.
One thing we all know for certain though, the full moon is the reason for more than the usual number of crazy drivers on the road.
Enjoy the Doors performing Moonlight Drive at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968: