Look Up! November Supermoon Will be the Biggest in 70 Years -- When and Where to Watch It
The supermoon craze is back! This month, stargazing aficionados will get the chance of a lifetime as the supermoon in November will be the biggest in 70 years since 1948.
According to NASA, the November full moon will be the closest one since its appearance in the sky back in 1948. The next supermoon of this magnitude will happen again after 18 years on Nov. 25, 2034.
AZ Central notes that a supermoon is a celestial phenomenon that happens when the moon becomes slightly closer to Earth than its normal position.The said phenomenon becomes more prominent to people on Earth when the moon is in its fullest. And because the November supermoon is a perigree full moon, it will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter from Earth.
A full moon appears when a syzygy happens, an occurrence where the moon, Earth, Sun, align on the same plane, resulting to the moon directly opposite the Sun, Popular Mechanics reports.
Stargazers need to catch the full moon on Nov. 14 at 8:52 a.m. EST. The November supermoon will be closest to the Earth within 90 minutes from the said time. The moon will shine bright all throughout the night of Nov. 13 to Nov. 14.
Despite the year ending, 2016 still offers two rare celestial events, one for each remaining month. After the supermoon on Oct. 16, another one will occur on Dec. 14 while this week's supermoon will be the biggest of the three.
To get a great view of the supermoon, it's recommended to get to a high place such as the top of a building during dusk while facing the east. To learn more about the upcoming November supermoon, watch the video below.
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