October's full moon or hunter's moon will coincide with supermoon for a spectacular lunar sight this weekend
This Sunday night will bring on a spectacular lunar event that stargazers won’t want to miss.
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On Sunday, the moon will make its closest approach to the Earth and will appear more brighter and larger than usual. More interestingy, this weekend’s supermoon will coincide with the October’s full moon or hunter’s moon to make this celestial event even more special.
A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon comes at the closest point to the Earth, also called perigee. This month’s full moon, which is also a supermoon will make its closest approach to the Earth on October 16 at 8 p.m. ET and it does not always happen at the same time.
“The full moon on the 16th will appear 16 percent larger than average and nearly 30 percent larger than the year’s smallest full moon, which we saw back in April.” National Geographic reports.
Hunter’s moon is just an ordinary full moon appearing in the month of October but on a special path across the sky. Normally, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day but when a full moon appears close to a path known as autumnal equinox, the moon rises only 30 minutes later for several days. The October’s full moon will peak on Sunday 12:23 a.m. ET, meaning that the hunter’s supermoon will fall the nights of October 15 and 16.
Sunday will be the first of three times a supermoon will make an appearance in the 2016. The supermoon will also happen on November 14 and December 14 as well. Next month, the full moon will get even closer to Earth, making it the largest full moon of the year 2016. The November’s supermoon will also be the closest supermoon since 1948 and it won’t be as close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.