Ever dreamt of walking on the moon?
Imagine feeling so close to the moon, you literally can picture yourself walking on the surface.
For all of you moon-lovers out there, you’re going to want to mark this night on your calendar. On November 14th, 2016, the sky will draw its curtains, and put on a spectacular show with the biggest supermoon in 70 years taking the spotlight.
We haven’t had a closer moon to the Earth since January 1948.
What exactly is a supermoon, you ask?
NASA put together a short video defining the ‘supermoon’ – originally a term from modern astrology – as “a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”
A supermoon is now referred to more broadly as “a full moon that is closer to Earth than average.”
How is it that the Moon is more closer to Earth at some times, yet not others?
It’s a bit complicated: The Moon’s orbit is elliptical – one side is called Perigee, which is about 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the other side, Apogee.
Stay with us here. The word Syzogy, which is “the scientific name for when the Earth, Sun and Moon line up as the Moon orbits Earth”, pairs with Perigee, to create Perigee-Syzogy (when the Earth, Moon and Sun system occurs and the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun). This is called a Perigee Moon, aka a supermoon.
Science at NASA explains everything in much more detail within the video. Learn more below:
After November 14th, we’re in for one more supermoon of the 2016 year, which will occur in December.
Clean off those dusty binoculars and perch yourself somewhere with a clear view of the sky for this month’s supermoon spectacle. We won’t see another Moon this big until November 25th, 2034!
If you need help finding the best spots to moon-gaze, check out our list from previous supermoon sightings.
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