Biggest moon of the century so far will appear on November 14

If you miss the supermoon on November 14, there will be another one on December 14, though not as big. If you miss both events, then you’ll have to wait until 2034 to see the next supermoon.

    2016/11/07

NSFW    SPACE — The biggest full moon of the 21st century will be visible on November 14.


The orbit of the moon is elliptical, which causes variations in its apparent size in the eyes of an observer on Earth. The closest point of the moon’s orbit to Earth is known as the perigee, and the farthest from Earth is known as the apogee.


Lunar phases shift as the moon changes its position relative to the sun and Earth. A full moon appears when it is in direct opposition to the sun and is completely illuminated as seen from Earth.


A “supermoon” occurs when a full moon takes place while it is closest to Earth. A “micromoon” occurs when a full moon takes place while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Supermoons generally appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than average full moons.


Another supermoon will take place on Dec. 14, although it will not appear as large as the November moon. The next time the moon will come this close to Earth will be in 2034.
The supermoon will be visible on November 14. REUTERS
The supermoon will be visible on November 14. REUTERS
There is another supermoon on December 14 if you miss the November moon. REUTERS
There is another supermoon on December 14 if you miss the November moon. REUTERS
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