On November 14, 2016, people all over the world will be treated to the supermoon of the century. The supermoon that will appear on November 14th is predicted to be so big, that it´s even being hailed as an extra supermoon. While supermoons aren´t entirely uncommon, this full supermoon will be the closest to the Earth since the last largest one which appeared in 1948. The next time a moon will come this close to Earth will be in 2034. In general, a supermoon can appear in size to be almost 14-15% bigger and brighter than a normal moon.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA, which calls it an “extra-supermoon.” “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
This is a moon not to be missed. So what´s the best way to see it? Find an area far from trees or buildings, and look up! This moon is set to look the biggest it has in seven decades. For those of you in Australia, you’ll need to wait until November 15 to see it, at which point it will be most visible around 12:52 am AEST. This will be the closest full moon in the 21st century. Here are some helpful links to pages which can help direct you on how and when to see the supermoon, according to your location. Click here to go to EarthSky, and Space websites.
As a side note, here are some interesting facts about the moon!:
- The Moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite. A natural satellite is a space body that orbits a planet, a planet like object or an asteroid.
- It is the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. Learn more about the other moons in the Solar System.
- The effect of gravity is only about one fifth (17%) as strong on the surface of the Moon compared to the strength of gravity on the surface of the Earth.
- The surface of the Moon features a huge number of impact craters from comets and asteroids that have collided with the surface over time. Because the Moon lacks an atmosphere or weather these craters remain well preserved.
- Although research is continuing, most scientists agree that the Moon features small amounts of water.
- The Moon is very hot during the day but very cold at night. The average surface temperature of the Moon is 107 degrees Celsius during the day and -153 degrees Celsius at night.
- The Earth’s tides are largely caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon.