Get excited, sky gazers and astronomy lovers! The largest, closest supermoon of the century will be taking over the sky mid-November. There was a supermoon in the middle of October, but if you missed it, this sight should make up for it and then some. In fact, the supermoon on Nov. 14 will not only be the brightest of the year, but it’s the closest one we’ve seen since 1948.
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There are technically about four to six supermoons per year, but November’s is one astronomical phenomenon you don’t want to miss. You won’t be able to see the moon in the same form until 2034!
So, what exactly is a supermoon? According to Astropro, it’s a “full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”
When it comes to supermoons, the moon is about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon, according to CBS News.
While the supermoon is technically occurring on Nov. 14, people across America will also be able to see it on Nov. 13. The brightest and fullest hours will be those right before sunrise. And if for some reason you miss November’s supermoon, there will be one more this year occurring on Dec. 14 (the same night as a Geminid meteor shower)!