UPDATE: Start looking tonight and continue the watch tomorrow night but you can’t miss it-– it will be the biggest, brightest Super Moon in the past 70 years! And this phenomenon will not come again until November 25, 2034.
Super Night for a Supermoon!
The event is set to happen on the eve of November 14 when the moon will be the closest it’s ever been to the earth since January 1948! This also means the moon will appear 14% bigger and as much as 30% brighter than the full moon we are used to seeing!
What’s a Supermoon?
As the Moon goes on it’s elliptical orbit it will sometimes line up with the Earth and the Sun, however, to get a Supermoon two things must happen.
1) It needs to line up with its “perigee”-larger- side facing us (which is about 48,280 km or 30,000 miles closer to earth than its other side “apogee”) and
2) the Moon has to be on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.
In other words, a Supermoon will occur when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth.
Supermoons are actually not that uncommon (there is another one coming up on December 14 of this year). However, because the November 14 Moon becomes full within about 2 hours of “perigee”, it’s going to look the biggest it has in nearly seven decades- and that is definitely a rarity. It will earn the name of a super- super moon!
How best to skywatch the Supermoon
Science Alert tells us that the best way to view the November 14, super Supermoon is away from the glaring urban lights and-if possible- out into the country a bit. And, if you’re aiming to get some great pics and want to catch the super moon at its biggest, then its full phase will be reached at 8:52 am EST (1352 GMT) on the morning of November 14.
Live in Australia? Then you’ll have to wait until the next day November 15 and it will be at its largest at 12:52am AEST.
*Interesting Fact- “Supermoon” is actually not the official name or astronomical term for this ‘moon’ phenomenon but Richard Nolle, an astrologer, liked the sound of it in 1979 and so it remained. He also gave us an official definition: A Supermoon is either a New of Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit.
Earthsky.org reported that for those in the Americas, the moon is closer to full on the night of November 13.
“But no matter,” reports Earth Sky, “the moon will look plenty full and bright all night long on both nights – November 13 and 14 – as it rises in the east around sunset, climbs highest up around midnight, and then sets in the west at or near sunset.”
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