Supermoon 69 years
The moon doesn’t get much bigger and brighter than this. On 14 November 2016, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon- the closest full moon
of the year. On 14 November 2016 supermoon will be extra super, it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won’t happen again for another 18 years.
- NASA says closest approach will occur at 6:21 a.m. EST when the moon comes within 221,523 miles (356,508 kilometers).
- That’s from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST.
- NASA planetary geologist Noah Petro is urging everyone to step outside and soak in the view.
- Supermoons can appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the night sky. But it takes a real expert to notice the difference.
- Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the moon that even he won’t be able to see much difference in size and luminosity. What counts, he said, is getting people “talking, thinking and caring about the moon.”
- The last time the moon was so close, actually 29 miles closer, was in January 1948.
- That’s the same year the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series, Petro noted, “a big year,” at least there. In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,485 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.