Grab Your Camera: November's Supermoon Will Be The Biggest In Nearly 70 Years
This month, the moon will be closer to the earth than it's been since January 1948, making one super huge, super rare supermoon! According to Science Alert, this awesome sight is going to go down on Nov. 14 when the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. The next time this will happen? November 2034.
"Because the Moon has an elliptical orbit, one side - called the perigee - is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee). When the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up as the Moon orbits Earth, that's known as syzygy (definitely something you want to keep in your back pocket for your next Scrabble match). When this Earth-Moon-Sun system occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us, and the Moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, we get what's called a perigee-syzygy. That causes the Moon to appear much bigger and brighter in our sky than usual, and it's referred to as a supermoon - or more technically, a perigee moon," Science Alert reports.
There have been other supermoons visible over the past few years, but this one will most certainly take the cake. This year, there was a supermoon on Oct. 16 and there will be another one on Dec. 14. However, it is Nov. 14's supermoon that's going to be the one you simply have to see. That's because the moon will become full within about 2 hours of perigee, the point in the orbit of the moon when it's closest to the earth.
To make sure you have the best view of the supermoon, there are some things that you have to take into consideration.
"Depending on where you're viewing it from, the difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon can be stark, or difficult to tell. If the moon is hanging high overhead, and you have no buildings or landmarks to compare it to, it can be tricky to tell that it's larger than usual. But if you're viewing from a spot where the moon is sitting closer to the horizon, it can create what's known as 'moon illusion,'" reports Science Alert.
You'll want to go somewhere dark, for starters. While it's easiest to view at night, this supermoon will reach its peak at 8:52 a.m. EST.
Here are some photos from supermoons past.