This year the full moons of October, November and December all take place when the moon is at it’s closest to the Earth in it’s orbit. We call this a supermoon.

However, this year the supermoon is at it’s closest point to the Earth than it has been since 1948! This also means that instead of the average of four to six regular supermoons a year (In which the moon appears at it’s largest and brightest when it is a full moon) there will be no supermoons in 2017.

The moon will not come this close to Earth again until 2034 making it a sight not to be missed. The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than average and will disrupt the Earths oceans causing tides to rise higher than normal.

The supermoon will be visible on the 13th and 14th of November because the moon will be on the perigee side of it’s elliptical orbit (the closest sides to Earth) rather than the apogee (the furthest side from the Earth.

Jessica Bradley, 18 “I’d never heard of a supermoon before but now that it’s becoming a popular topic I had noticed tonight (November 13th) it does look brighter and bigger than usual.”

Liam Flaherty, 18 “It was quite cloudy tonight so I couldn’t really see much but I did notice the moon looks brighter than usual so I’m hoping to be able to see it tonight.”

Make sure on the night to go somewhere with few clouds and is very dark so the moon is visible.

 

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