Most spectacular Moon of 2013 – tomorrow….


On June 23, 2013 we will experience a truly super supermoon. The full moon that falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC, will not only be the closest to Earth for the year, but it will also appear the biggest full moon for 2013. It will also be about 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. Last supermoon was on May 24, 2013. And in 2011, we witnessed the moon’s closest approach in 19 years.

Moon`s elliptical orbit is the main reason for the increase in its apparent size. About 50,000 km is the difference between the Moon`s apogee (it`s furthest point to Earth) and it`s perigee (it`s closest point to Earth).

The supermoon of June 2013 will be extra special, as the full moon coincides with it`s closest approach to our planet for 2013, at a distance of 356,991 km. Next time this event will occur is August 2014. It is also worth mentioning that between June 22 and June 25, 2013 the occurrence of “King tides” is expected

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.