First Supermoon in 68 Years

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First Supermoon in 68 Years

The moon as seen from the Galileo spacecraft.

The moon as seen from the Galileo spacecraft.

The moon as seen from the Galileo spacecraft.

The moon as seen from the Galileo spacecraft.

Julia Fassero, Editor In Chief

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The night of November 13, the moon will appear as the “supermoon,” the common term for perigee-syzygy.  Perigee-syzygy means the moon is simultaneously full and at its closest point to earth.  NASA says, “When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon.”

 
Also known as a Beaver Moon, stemming from the days when the moon indicated it was time to set beaver traps, tonight’s supermoon is the 2nd in a set of 3 occurrences in 2016.  The first supermoon of the year occurred on October 14, but there will be one more supermoon on December 14.  The last time a supermoon occurred was in 1948, and the next time this phenomenon will occur is November 25, 2038.  The supermoon is a beautiful occurrence, perfect for both professional and amateur astronomers to observe.

 

Did you stay out and take a picture of the supermoon?  We’d love to see it!  Submit it through Letter to the Editor and you might see your picture on VOX.

 

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