November’s ‘supermoon’ the biggest in nearly 70 years

You may have seen a super moon before, but you don’t want to miss this one. On November 14 the Moon will be the closest to Earth it has been since January 1948.


The Moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an average full moon. This is the closest the Moon will get to Earth until November 25, 2034.

“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” NASA said.

The moon is at its best view if you’re viewing from a spot where the Moon is sitting closer to the horizon, which creates what’s known as ‘moon illusion’.

“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA. “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”

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.

The moon will be appear biggest when it reaches the peak of its full phase, which is expected to happen on the morning of November 14 at 8:52am EST (1352 GMT).


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