On the other hand, when a Full Moon or New Moon occurs close to the Moon's apogee, it is known as a Micromoon.
The Moon passes through the 2 extreme points–or apsides–perigee and apogee about once a month.
It was first coined by an astrologer, Richard Nolle, in 1979.
A Super Full Moon looks around 12% to 14% bigger than its counterpart, the Micromoon.
Moon phases and events The next Supermoon will be on December 3, 2017.
He defined it as ‘a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit’.
It is not clear why he chose the 90% cut off in his definition.