Don’t Miss Monday’s extra-Supermoon, November 14 ✰ 🌛✰ 🌛
This Supermoon will be the biggest and brightest in 70 years.
The “undeniably beautiful” astronomical event will not come again until
November 25, 2034.The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, will be the
closest a Full Moon has been to Earth since January 26, 1948. The next
time a Full Moon is even closer to Earth will be on November 25, 2034
(dates based on UTC time).
Supermoon will look especially big because it’s so close to Earth at the
moment it reaches its fullest point. The technical term for a Supermoon
is perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. In astronomy, the term
syzygy refers to the straight-line configuration of three celestial
bodies. Then the Moon is close to the lunar nodes of its path during
syzygy, it causes a total solar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse
Monday’s Supermoon will be a once-in-a-generation sight. There are six
Supermoons in 2016. We’ve already had four, and after next week there’s
one on December 14.
NASA has said that the biggest and brightest moon for American stargazers will be on Monday morning just before dawn.
“I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or
Monday night to see the Supermoon,” said Noah Petro, a deputy project
scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
As Petro explains, “the difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle.”
But a Met Office spokesman said: “Monday evening and overnight Monday night is the best chance to spot it in Europe.”
Although the sky will be cloudy, he said that there are likely to be
cloud breaks in Eastern Scotland, North East England and East Wales.