The Moon will became full on February 27th and this full Moon is special because it?s the biggest and brightest of the year. ?Not all full Moons are alike,? says astronomy professor George Lebo. ?Sometimes pollution or volcanic ash shades them with interesting colors. Sometimes haloes form around them — a result of ice crystals in the air. This full Moon is unique in another way. It will be closer to Earth than usual.
?The moon’s orbit around our planet is not a perfect circle,? says Lebo. ?It?s an ellipse.? At one end of the ellipse (called apogee) the Moon is farthest away from Earth, and at the other end (called perigee) the Moon is closest to us.
Wednesday?s full moon was near perigee and appeared 9% wider than normal and shone 20% brighter.