If the moon seems a bit larger this month, that’s because it is. November’s supermoon is going to be the biggest in almost 70 years. The next supermoon will be November’s full Beaver Moon, which is expected to reach the peak of its full phase on the morning of Nov. 14, at 8:52 a.m.
A supermoon is when the moon is closer to the Earth. In scientific terms Perigee it is about 14 percent larger and 13 percent brighter than normal. This happens because the moon’s orbital path is not perfect circle, so with each pass the moon reaches a certain distance from the Earth. The maximum distance from the earth is called Apogee.
This full moon will be not only the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016, but also the largest since 1948, Bob Berman, an astronomer at the Slooh Community Observatory, told Space.com. What’s more, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, according to a statement from NASA.
“The supermoon of December 14 is remarkable for a different reason: It’s going to wipe out the view of the Geminid meteor shower,” NASA officials said in the statement.
Supermoons for November and December will be bigger and brighter than normal, according to NASA’s research.