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Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s Supermoon


A spectacular sight awaits you on November 14, 2016, and it’s extremely easy to be part of it; just keep looking up at the sky on Sunday and Monday night. The sight will be created by a historic supermoon, which will be the closet full moon the world has ever seen since November 1948. Be careful not to miss this experience because the next time it will occur again will be on November 25, 2034!

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A supermoon comes into existence when the moon’s closet point to Earth (perigee) combines with a full moon. The sight is historic and fascinating with the newly-formed moon being up to 30-percent brighter compared to an apogee full moon (apogee is the moon’s furthest point to Earth). On average, a supermoon is around 30,000 miles (14-percent) closer to Earth than a minimoon (a moon formed when the apogee combines with a full moon). Although supermoons are not amazingly rare (the last one took place on October 16, 2016 and the next will be seen on December 14, 2016), tonight’s supermoon is particularly special, because it will be the closet to earth since the beginning of 21st century to date. In fact, NASA predicts that the moon will truly be a “showstopper”.

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This November’s supermoon will be visible from Sunday to late Monday night, but the perfect time to indulge in this historic observation will be the early hours of Monday morning. According to NASA, 0622 hours Eastern Time will see the supermoon at pedigree, with the most incredible sight coming at 0852 hours Eastern Time when the moon becomes completely full.

Seeing the moon is as easy as going outside and looking up at the sky, says Noah Petro who is a deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission at NASA. However, there are a few things you should consider, especially if you are hoping for a more spectacular view. Try to avoid artificial light or light pollution because these might make the moon less bright. Consider a Light Pollution Map to help you determine what areas you should avoid.

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The supermoon will be visible for everyone, but looking at the sky alone may not bring out the much-needed fascinating view. That’s why Science Alert, through their website, suggests an east-facing bench, a place close to an iconic structure or near the mountains, or somewhere with views of the city to be the best viewing spots for this supermoon.

If you are in a heavily light-polluted area or hate venturing outside at this time of the hour, then stay back and click on the Slooh Community Observatory’s website where they’ll air the livestream of the supermoon starting from 0800 hours Eastern Time. The time is now; don’t wait until November 25, 2034 to be part of this historic experience.

Where will you be watching tonight’s Supermoon? Let us know in the comments!

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