Hold your breath for the biggest and most stunning astronomical event of the century!
The biggest Supermoon of the century is about to arise and this time it’s going to be 30% brighter than any other supermoon that you’ve ever seen. The moon will be closest to the Earth on November 14 and will appear 14 times larger than an average full moon. The event was last observed on January 26, 1948, and the moon won’t come this close to the Earth until November 25, 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one.
What is Supermoon?
It’s a full moon or a new moon that coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth while it’s orbiting the Earth.
How do you get a Supermoon?
Before you get into the details, there are some things that you should know beforehand:
Moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical. While the farthest point from the Earth to the moon is called apogee, the nearest point is called perigee.
When the Sun, the Moon and the Earth line up, it’s called a syzygy. When the Sun, the Moon and the Earth line up such that the Moon is the closest to the Earth, it’s called a perigee-syzygy.
“When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a supermoon,” explains NASA.
What is so special about the November 14 supermoon?
While supermoons are a fairly common occurrence, on November 14 the moon will become full within about two hours of perigee, making it appear extra large.
So all you Astro-buffs, save the date as your night watch is about to get ‘curiously enchanting’.