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Largest Supermoon since 1948 occurs tonight

Posted on Nov-13-2016 at 00:00:00

Tonight will feature not just any Supermoon; this will be the largest Supermoon since January 26, 1948. This size of supermoon will not happen again until November 25, 2034.

So how can you see it?

You will be able to see the moon starting right before sunset, and it will be up until just before sunrise. The official moonrise tonight in Phoenix is 5:15 PM and will set tomorrow at 6:54 AM

The moon will be 100 percent full at exactly 6:52 AM, which is just two minutes before it sets behind the western horizon. So, if you can’t get a good view tonight, early tomorrow morning will feature the biggest and brightest view.

Why is this moon so super?

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 a very close 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.

If you miss this one, even though it will not be quite as big, the next Supermoon will take place next month on December 13th.

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