Super Hunter’s Moon rises tonight!

Posted on Oct-15-2016 at 00:00:00

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Supermoon!

The full moon that rises tonight over Phoenix is called the Hunter’s Moon. But this is not your ordinary Hunter’s Moon; it’s a Super Hunter’s Moon!

The moon does not orbit Earth in a perfect circle but takes a more elliptical path. As a result, during certain times the Moon is closer to Earth.

During this full moon, the moon will be at perigee, which is when the moon is closest to the earth (~223,693 miles). That is about 26,000 miles closer compared to the point when the Moon is furthest from Earth (apogee).

Due to this, the moon tonight is considered a Supermoon. And yes, it can look different. NASA mentions it can look about 30 percent brighter and around 14 percent larger than a typical full moon.

So when should you look to the sky?

In Phoenix tonight, the moon will start rising over the eastern horizon at 5:58 PM. It will set tomorrow at 7:00 AM. If you want to see what the moon looks like when it is exactly full, step outside at 9:23 pm.

If you happen to miss this Supermoon, you will have two more chances very soon as the full moon in November and December are both supermoons.