What is a supermoon?
The term supermoon is used to describe a moon that appears larger and brighter than usual. It occurs when the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth.
There are a total 3 supermoons for 2016. The first one already appeared on October 24. The next one is set to rise on November 14, and the last one will rise on Dec. 14.
If we are to see 3 supermoons in a row this year, some of you might be wondering what makes the November 14 supermoon so special. The supermoon that is set to rise on the 14th of November is not only the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year, it will also be exceptionally close.
It will be the closest full moon to grace the Earth’s skies since 1948, promising sky-watchers a celestial supermoon spectacle. According to a statement from NASA, it won’t come this close again until 2034. So go ahead and gaze at it or take some photos.
As long as the sky is clear of clouds, the supermoon is expected to be 30% brighter and 14% larger than an average full moon.
Wondering when to catch a glimpse? Don’t worry, we got you covered.
If you live in America, keep an eye out for this full moon on the night of November 13. For those who live in Australia and Asia, the best time to enjoy the supermoon is during the evening hours of November 14. In western North America and on many Pacific islands, the moon turns precisely full in the morning hours before sunrise in November 14. Or better yet, just look both nights.
No matter where you are in the world, seeing a big, bright full moon is an incredible experience. It will be a sight to behold, so go out and enjoy it.