Largest Supermoon Since 1948 Tonight

Posted on 14 Nov 2016

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An extra-super supermoon is rising this evening, and you don’t want to miss it. Tonight’s full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky than it has in nearly 70 years, and all you have to witness its shining glory is look up.

From Space.com:

This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016 but also the largest since 1948, Bob Berman, an astronomer at the Slooh Community Observatory, told Space.com. What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA.

From TimeAndDate.com

The Moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical. The point of the orbit closest to Earth is called perigee, while the point farthest from Earth is known as apogee. … the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles).

The site above says the distance to the moon will be only 221,524 miles on Nov 14 at 3:20 am. Now is the time to, as they say, shoot for the moon!

 My ideal viewing place would be somewhere with low light pollution (give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the dark) where you might also see the moon rise behind a natural landmark, or perhaps a city with skyscrapers. A beach might be nice. 

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