Nov 14th Super-Moon Will Be the Largest Since 1948
The supermoon on November 14 will become full within 90 minutes of perigee, making it the largest full moon in an 86-year period and the largest of this millennium so far. When the moon, Earth, and sun all align along the same plane—a configuration known as syzygy—and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get full moons. (When the three celestial bodies align in a truly straight line, such that the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon, we get a lunar eclipse.)
2016 is a unique year as it ends with three supermoons, one in each of the last three months. You might remember the supermoon on October 16, and there will be another on December 14, but the one next week is going to be the biggest of them all.
If you want an unobstructed view of the Moon as it pops up over the horizon, your best chance is to head to an east-facing beach.
You won’t have the perspective of buildings or mountains to make the Moon appear ginormous, but you will have the added benefit of watching it as it progresses through the sky.
You don’t necessarily have to be in the bright lights of a major city, but seeing the Moon rise up over all those skyscrapers will make it appear huge in the night sky.
Nothing puts the scale of the Moon into perspective like a huge mountain range.
The Moon dwarfing a famous building, statue, or bridge? Priceless.
Wherever you go, make sure you try to avoid artificial light as much as possible.
The best time to see the November 14 supermoon will be early in the morning. The moon turns completely full for just an instant, and that instant will happen at 8:52 a.m. EST on November 14. The moon sets at 6:26 a.m. EST next Monday, just before sunrise, so around 6:00 a.m. Eastern time it will hang low to the horizon, be within 3 hours of completely full and within just 1.5 hours of true perigee. It’s going to be massive.
The moon will look fantastic on the nights of both November 13 and 14, so get out there and enjoy the extra light, but the low-hanging moon early in the morning on November 14 will be the biggest moon of almost a century.