What’s the only thing better than the moon? A super moon. The moon orbits the earth in an oval shape and at certain points is closer to us than others. So when the moon is full and extremely close to the earth it appears gargantuan in size. This is what we call a super moon. According to The Telegraph, at the point of a supermoon, the moon is 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.
This year during the months of October, November and December the moon will be full at its closest point to the earth. The next of these three super moons in 2016 is scheduled to reach its peak the morning of November 14th at 8:52 a.m. EST. Bob Berman, an astronomer at the Slooh Community Observatory, told Space.com that the next supermoon will be the largest and closest one witnessed in 68 years. And we may not witness another of this size and grandeur until November 2034, NASA added in a statement. Supermoons are relatively frequent. We’ve already had several this year. But the next is supposed to be a once in a generation sight.
Depending on where you live you’ll have a different chance to witness this event. For those in the UK, the best time to check out the super moon will be in the late afternoon, as it passes the horizon line. While New Zealanders like myself may have to cross our fingers and check it out the day before or after, as the super moon is supposed to reach its peak amidst cloudy weather. Hopefully, wherever you may personally be in the world, you get a good view.
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