Social media has made these bouts of hysteria much easier to create and much more public to watch. Facebook and Twitter and their ethereal electronic social media cousins serve to blow the smallest event into a life-changing moment almost weekly.

Hysteria can be pretty entertaining.

Social media has made these bouts of hysteria much easier to create and much more public to watch. Facebook and Twitter and their ethereal electronic social media cousins serve to blow the smallest event into a life-changing moment almost weekly.

Take the super moon, for instance. How many of your friends went out and took pictures of the moon this weekend and shared them with you? If you follow the right people on Twitter, you could find political reporters and award-winning journalists finding a photo of the full moon in perigee behind boring apartment complexes with a tweet of “truly amazing photo.”

I was amazed that the moon was visible behind some buildings in Rio de Janeiro. I even had one friend photograph this super moon over a buffalo. I don’t know why. I guess it just seemed artistic.

The super moon is really just the moon being in close orbit to Earth at the same time it is actually full. It happens as many as six times per year.
According to a report by the U.S. Naval Observatory, the super moon appears to be about 9 percent larger and 3 percent brighter than normal full moons.

Geoff Chester, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory said, “You'd be very hard-pressed to detect it with the unaided eye.”

But you wouldn’t know that from your social media feeds. The moon was “beautiful,” “amazing” or “gorgeous.” It doesn’t take much to amaze people on social media.

So enjoy those moonstruck photos. Give yourself a treat, and enjoy them 10 percent more than you normally would. Then compose yourself and go back to forwarding all of those clever photos of how you see your job, how your mom sees your job, how other people see your job etc. I never get tired of those.

And please don’t stop finding those clever sayings and reposting them to your Facebook page because they remind you so much of your own life. They are almost as meaningful as your average greeting card.

You find out a lot about people on social media. Sometimes it makes you long for the days when you didn’t know so much. But I guess if super moons make life more fun and exciting, you might as well grab your iPhone and take a photo of our closest astronomical neighbor.

If you missed this one, don’t worry. The next one is right around the corner on June 4.