If anything in 2016 has remained constant, it would be the trend of unusual occurrences. Ironically enough, Mother Nature’s patterns are no exception, as we will see the largest supermoon in decades in November 2016.
Furthermore, scientists say that this is the largest supermoon recorded within the past 68 years!
“Supermoon” was actually a term coined by modern astrology that describes a full moon when it is within 90% of its closest distance to Earth in a given orbit. However, in more recent times, the term has been used to describe a broader range, or basically, meaning that the full moon is closer to the Earth than average.
In more technical terms, due to the moon having an elliptical orbit, one side of the moon (perigee) is around 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other (apogee). Syzygy, which is not only impossible to pronounce without becoming tongue twisted, actually is a scientific name for the alignment of the Earth, the sun, and the moon as the moon orbits Earth. If perigee-syzygy of the Earth, the moon, and sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, we are provided with a perigee moon, a.k.a, a supermoon.
November’s full moon, known as the “Beaver Moon”, due to its occurrence during hunting season, will be the biggest so far in the 21st century, and something that you will not see again until 2034, so don’t miss out!
So When and Where Can You See It?
Earthsky.org says the moon will be at peak fullness on November 14, at 1:52 p.m UTC, or 8:52 ET.
If you are in Eastern North America and Europe, you will see the best view at night on November 13, however, it could still be November 14.
Unfortunately, if you had planned to view the Geminid meteor shower, you are out of luck. The brightness of the moonlight that will illuminate the sky that night will reduce your ability to see the meteors by about 5-10 times.
The bright side is that a supermoon is absolutely breathtaking by itself. It is around 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular moon. Oh, and don’t forget, in 2016, we have been granted the experience not once, not twice, but three times!
Once again, we can all agree that this year has been a crazy one! While much of the craziness probably has you a bit beat down, make sure that you do not miss one of the beautiful crazy occurrences this year has offered us. Sit outside underneath the beautiful supermoon. Experience a once in a generation happening that is sure to blow your mind. Nature is grounding when times are overwhelming. Take advantage of these three majestic moons, while grounding yourself and soothing your soul, You will be happy you did.