The biggest moon on 13-14 November 2016
Get set to watch the supermoon on Sunday, 13 November 2016. In the Dominican Republic the moon will be closer to full during that evening. Astronomers say, however that the moon will actually look completely full and bright all night long on both nights – 13 and 14 November – as it rises in the east around sunset, climbs to its highest point around midnight, and then sets in the west at or near sunrise.
Astronomers are describing the phenomenon as “the biggest, closest and brightest full moon to Earth since 1948”. Another one like it won’t be seen until 2034, they say.
The explanation is that since the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, there are times when our lunar companion is closest to Earth. This is called perigee. This month, perigee occurs on 14 November at about 6 am Eastern time — within two hours of the moon becoming officially full — making this fun event an extra-super, perigee full moon.
According to astronomers, the precise moment when the moon turns full will be 13:52 UTC on 14 November 2016. This means the full moon instant will happen in the morning hours before sunrise in western North America and on many Pacific islands, east of the International Date Line.
Moon-gazers in Europe and Africa will be able to see it on both nights.
Nov 11, 2016
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