Now there's a Scrabble word for ya, but you'll never have enough "y's".
That's what a super moon is, and it's not actually rare.
The thing is, the moon's orbit around the earth is not a circle; it's an ellipse.
Therefore sometimes the moon is closer (perigee) and sometimes it's further (apogee) from earth.
Syzygy has to do with the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth.
When they're all in a line (at every full moon) that's syzygy.
So a perigee-syzygy moon means that the moon is full at the same time its orbit is nearest the earth.
It doesn't have to make sense to be beautiful!
And it was beautiful... but hazy.
Ah, the PNW.
August = Haze.
I remembered just in time to see the moon peeking over the hills,
and happily went clickety-clickety-click.
I can look through my photos and just about watch it like a movie, but I'll just share a few.
Looks like a big pumpkin!