Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Supermoon 2016

The biggest and brightest full moon in nearly 70 years

Star gazers are in for a treat as the spectacular 'supermoon' emerges across the world on 14 Nov, appearing 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

The event, described as "undeniably beautiful" by US space agency Nasa, is the result of the Moon coming closer to Earth than it has done since 1948.

It will not make a similar approach until November 25, 2034.

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21 of the best photos of the supermoon from around the world

Early Monday morning - or evening, depending on where you live - the largest full moon of the year, called the supermoon, shined its biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years.

Size is relative though. The November 14 supermoon was about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than its smallest apparent size, called a micromoon.

That's because the moon's 27 day, 7 hour, 43 minute orbit around the Earth isn't a perfect circle, but an ellipse. You get a closer point to Earth, or perigee, and a more distant point, or apogee.

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Stunning Views as 'Supermoon' Orbits Closest to Earth Since 1948

The "supermoon" experienced today is extra special as it is the closest full moon to Earth since 1948 and there won't be another until 2034.

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LARGEST SUPERMOON IN A PERIOD OF 86 YEARS

The supermoon (perigee full moon) on Monday will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948. What’s more, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.

That makes the November 2016 full moon the closest and largest supermoon in a period of 86 years. Should you look for it on November 14? Yes! But be sure to look tonight as well.

For many on Earth, the moon will be more “super” that night … although both nights will be awesome!

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Brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up sky around globe
The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe.

The phenomenon known as the supermoon reached its peak luminescence in North America before dawn on Monday. Its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific was Monday night. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it was to reach its brightest after midnight Tuesday local time.

The moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948. The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning.

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Monday's supermoon extra super; closest in nearly 69 years

The moon doesn't get much bigger and brighter than this.

On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon — the closest full moon of the year.

Monday's 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.

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WHAT MAKES A 'SUPERMOON' SO SUPER?

The biggest “supermoon” since 1948 will grace the sky November 14. But what makes it so super? Well, not much more than the fact that it’ll be a bit bigger than normal, but that’s absolutely no reason not to go outside and look at it anyway. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait to around November 25, 2034 for another chance.

The occurrence of a supermoon, or to give it its proper name, a “super perigee full moon”, is not particularly uncommon. It is the result of two regular astronomical events happening at about the same time.

As the moon orbits the Earth it moves around the sky relative to the sun. This means we see different proportions illuminated from one night to the next—an effect known as the phases of the moon. Once per orbit the moon is opposite the sun in the sky, meaning that the side facing the Earth is fully illuminated. This happens about once a month, so hopefully isn’t that unfamiliar to most people.

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Supermoon puts on a show around the world

The moon is putting on a show for sky gazers worldwide.

The phenomenon known as the supermoon occurs because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth. This week, the moon is coming closer to the Earth than at any time since January 1948.

The supermoon appears about 14 percent larger in diameter and about 30 percent brighter than when it's at its farthest distance from the Earth. The moon reached its peak luminescence in North America before dawn Monday. Its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific was Monday night. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it was to reach its brightest after midnight Tuesday local time.

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Supermoon puts on a show around the world

The phenomenon known as the supermoon occurs because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth. This week, the moon is coming closer to the Earth than at any time since January 1948.

The supermoon appears about 14% larger in diameter and about 30% brighter than when it’s at its farthest distance from the Earth. The moon reached its peak luminescence in North America before dawn Monday.

Its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific was Monday night. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it was to reach its brightest after midnight Tuesday local time.

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Supermoon lights up night sky as the world looks up to gaze at the unique celestial event


Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, tourist landmarks and beaches worldwide on Monday to catch a glimpse of the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades.

The unusually big and bright moon happens when the Earth's satellite rock is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee — its closest point to our planet on its monthly ellipsis-shaped orbit.

At a distance of 356,509 kilometres (221,524 miles), this is the closest it has been to Earth since 1948, creating what Nasa described as "an extra-supermoon".

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Supermoon pokes through clouds over Harrisburg

The Supermoon broke through cloud cover in the midstate to shine briefly over Harrisburg Monday night.

After a beautiful view of the moon Sunday night, Monday's moon was mostly obscured by clouds, breaking through for short periods.

The Supermoon is called that because it is the closes full moon to earth since 1948.

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