Many humans will be getting outdoors on the night of November 14th to view what is likely to be the brightest full moon in 70 years.
The super moon event itself is fairly common, when the full moon in it’s elliptical orbit is closest to Earth, and looks bigger and brighter than usual. Later this month however, it will be a little more special.
When the moon is closest to Earth, it is called the perigee, and when furthest away it is called the apogee. A Syzygy is when the sun, moon and earth all line up at the same time.
“When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a perigee moon or more commonly, a supermoon!” NASA wrote.
“On November 14, it becomes full within about two hours of perigee – arguably making it an extra-supermoon. The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.”
“The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25 2034.”
Get the telescopes and cameras ready!