The year is set to close with the biggest moon that most people alive will ever have seen.
During this, which will happen on the eve of November 14, Supermoon, technically called a perigee moon can appear to be as much as 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an average full moon. This will be the nearest that a full moon has come to Earth since January 26, 1948. The full moon won’t get this close again until November 25, 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one.
A supermoon happens because of the strange, egg-shaped orbit of the moon. One part of the orbit known as the perigee, is about 30,000 miles closer to earth than the apogee, or the furthest part.
And if the orbit of the moon lines up right with the sun and the Earth, it causes an effect called perigee-syzygy – meaning that the moon appears far bigger in the sky and gets called a supermoon.
Which means this happens three times this year. There was a supermoon on October 16, and there will be another on December 14. But November’s will be the biggest and best of the lot. The moon becomes full just two hours after its closest approach to Earth.
If you’re planning on viewing the November 14 supermoon, be sure to get somewhere nice and dark, away from the lights of the city, if you can.