Biggest Supermoon In 70 Years To Appear On November 14th

Posted: Nov 3 2016, 7:08am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Biggest Supermoon in 70 Years to Appear on November 14th
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The biggest supermoon in over 70 years is to appear on November 14th.

Something exciting lies in the future. On November 14th, the supermoon will be the largest of its kind since the past 70 odd years. This supermoon will be at its closest to the earth since January 1948.

The moon will be 14% larger and 30% more brilliant than the normal run-of-the-mill full moon. The next time the moon will be this close to the earth will be on 25th November, 2034. Therefore none of the amateur or professional enthusiasts want to miss seeing the supermoon this time around.

The question is how do you get a supermoon in the first place? The moon has an eliptical path which it takes on a regular basis. One of its sides termed the perigee is closer to the earth than the other side which is termed the apogee.

The moment the earth, moon and sun are in synch with each other, the moon starts orbiting the earth in a manner that is known as syzygy.

When the three heavenly bodies are in synch with the perigee side of the moon facing the earth, and the moon is on the other side of the earth than the sun, we get a perigee-syzygy.

The moon looks to be bigger and brighter than usual. Thus it is given the name supermoon. In technical terms, it is called a perigee moon. Supermoons are not rare. October 16th was a time for one, and so is the upcoming November 14th.

December 14th will also be another date for a supermoon. Yet the November 14th supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of them all. It beats the record of all the previous supermoons which have occurred in the 21st century.

Depending on the place from where you have a good vantage point, this supermoon will be different from an average full moon. This difference can be huge or hard to tell. If the moon is seen when there is no architecture in the vicinity, it doesn’t appear much larger than the usual full moon in the sky.

If the moon is in close propinquity to the horizon, it can create a moon illusion of sorts. Thus the horizon has a magnifying effect on the moon. Whatever the case, the supermoon will be a sight worthy of being seen by all sorts of skygazers on November 14th.

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