The November 14 2016 Supermoon

If you read my 50 facts about me, you’d know how much I love the moon, so how could I not write about this enigmatic event?

There’s something so magical and mysterious about the moon. I can stare at the moon and just get lost in my thoughts…especially with a full moon. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty captivated by supermoons.

A supermoon is essentially a “super” full (and/or new) moon. It’s when the Sun, the Earth, and the moon are all aligned in orbit, with the moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth (perigee), so the full moon would appear bigger and brighter.

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Picture from http://cdn.inquisitr.com

Although supermoons occur a few times a year based on the moon’s elliptical orbit, the November 14th supermoon will be the biggest that we’ve seen since January 1948 (almost 70 years!). It will also mark the closest passing of the moon to the Earth thus far in the 21st century.

This supermoon will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at apogee (its furthest point from Earth).

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Picture from https://www.timeanddate.com/

According to NASA: “The biggest and brightest moon for observers in the United States will be on Monday morning just before dawn. On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon is at perigee at 6:22 a.m. EST and “opposite” the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. EST (after moonset for most of in the US).”

*note: perigee = the moon’s closest point to Earth

Hopefully there’re no clouds masking our view, and if you’re not from an urban area you’ll undoubtedly have a better view. But even if it’s cloudy Sunday night, viewing the moon Monday night will be almost the same; there will be a very small difference in appearance between both days.

While this is the second in a string of three consecutive supermoons (the next will occur on December 14 of this year), a super moon like this one is not expected to appear again until November 2034 (in 18 years). So, make sure you guys catch this stunning celestial event!

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