On the evening of November 13th, the “Beaver Super Moon” will rise into the night sky. This moon will be the closest and brightest it’s appeared since the Super Moon in January of 1948! The Super 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,” says NASA. “The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 25 November 2034.”
To Review: What is a Super Moon?
“Super Moon” is a term that’s been widely accepted in the community for about 30 years thanks to astronomer Richard Noelle. The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, it’s oblong thus putting the moon at points where it’s closer and further away from the Earth at various points in the year. When a Full Moon occurs at the moon’s “perigree” point, where it’s closest to the Earth in its cycle, a Super Moon occurs. Super Moons appear larger and brighter to us here on Earth due to their positioning and occur about 4 times a calendar year.
Side Note: We also were wondering the origin of this Full Moon being dubbed the “Beaver Moon”. According to the Farmer’s Almanac the Full Moon was named after the animal because, “for both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.”
This Super Moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the Average Full Moon!
The Super Moon will reach it’s peak at 8:52am on the morning of November 14th but will be noticeably big and bright starting at nightfall on the 13th.
If your weather happens to effect you getting out to view the moon, you can take a look at this live stream!
(P.S. Check out our Facebook for more details on a Super Moon photo contest and your chance to win a Super Moon for your room!)