You may or may not be one of those people that cares about the next big solar eclipse or stays up to watch a meteor shower, but trust us, the November supermoon is one astronomical event you are not going to want to miss.
On November 14, the Moon will be the closest it’s been to Earth since January 1948, which means the last time this event occurred was over 70 years ago. On the night of November 14, the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. Oh, and another reason you’re not going to want to miss it is because this won’t happen again until November 25, 2034. So we, for one, are definitely going to make sure we find ourselves the perfect spot, like a rooftop or a even a waterfront, to bask in the glow of this month’s supermoon.
How does this even happen, you might ask?
According to scientists at NASA,
“The Moon has an elliptical orbit, one side — called the perigee — is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee). When the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up as the Moon orbits Earth, that’s known as syzygy (definitely something you want to keep in your back pocket for your next Scrabble match). When this Earth-Moon-Sun system occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us, and the Moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, we get what’s called a perigee-syzygy.”
So basically, even though we’ve already had a few supermoons this year, the one on November 14 is extra special because it will become full within two hours of perigee, making it a super supermoon. “The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” says NASA. So grab your blankets and cuddle up to watch the biggest and best supermoon of the next two decades.