|2016-11-12: Largest Supermoon until 2034 ⬅︎ |
|This year has six 'supermoons' and the one on November 14th will be the largest of the year. Not only
that, it will be the largest
until November of 2034!
What is a supermoon? Technically, it is when the moon is within 224,641 miles of earth at a full moon. Keep in mind
that the moon orbits the earth in a path that is elliptical, not circular. When it is at perigee, the
closest point in its orbit, it can be as close as 221,500. And when it is at apogee, the furthest point
in its orbit, it can be as far as 252,700 miles. Any time the moon is no further than 224,641 miles from earth at full
moon, it is called a supermoon.
The term supermoon is not a scientific term. Instead, scientists use the term perigee full moon but
supermoon, of course, is a lot catchier.
Whatever you'd like to call it, try to go outside at sunset and look to the east to catch the rise of the largest
supermoon until 2034!