• Sara Michalowicz

"Supermoon" in the Forecast this Monday

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

On Monday Nov. 14 at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth than we have seen in the past 69 years, a distance of 221,524 miles away. This distance is measured from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon and it is within 85 miles of the moon’s closest possible approach to Earth.

The supermoon of Nov. 14 was dubbed the “Beaver Moon” because it falls at a time of year when American settlers trapped beavers ahead of the winter.

A supermoon results when the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit. This is what gives the appearance of the moon looking bigger and brighter in the sky than usual. The supermoon on Monday will appear 14 percent larger and 30 perfect brighter than it does when its at apogee, it’s farthest point from Earth.

Two hours and 37 minutes after the perigee, the point where the moon is closest to the Earth, the orb will officially turn to a full moon. This month’s supermoon will likely get a lot of extra attention, as it will be the closest and the brightest we have experienced since Jan. 26, 1948.

The supermoon we will experience on Nov. 14 is actually in the middle of a trio of supermoons in 2016. While the October supermoon as already passed, the November one is just around the corner and the third will occur on Dec. 13 at 7:05 p.m. EST.

According to Space.com, the Slooh Community Observatory will offer a live broadcast of November’s full moon on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. EST. You can also watch it live on space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

The full moon will not be this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

Photo courtesy of astropixels.com

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