This weekends spring tides were something to behold. The SuperMoon’s gravitational pull had a spectacular effect on the high and low tides … so much so that Mark Samassa from Bakoven sent a few pictures to show the challenge of launching from the Bakoven Sea Rescue base at low tide. If there was a call-out for Bakoven on the low, which thankfully there was not, it would have taken a few extra minutes getting the rescue boat to the water.
According to Wikipedea: The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as:
…a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.