In less than two weeks, the moon will appear larger than it has in nearly 70 years.
A “supermoon” generally occurs every 13 months, the result of a full moon coinciding with the moment when its orbit is closest to Earth. The supermoon that hangs in the night sky on November 14 will appear bigger and brighter than it has since 1948. “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 in a statement.“
“The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 25 November 2034.”
Of course, perspective is everything. The size of the moon will appear different depending on far above the horizon it’s positioned.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” the statement said.
“The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.” For the best viewing experience, it’s best to get away from any major sources of light pollution. The peak time for the Eastern United States will be approximately 8:50 AM.
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