The moon is a familiar sight, but the days leading up to Monday, Nov. 14, promise a spectacular supermoon show. When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon. This month’s is especially ‘super’ for two reasons: it is the only supermoon this year to be completely full, and it is the closest moon to Earth since 1948. The moon won’t be this super again until 2034!
The next full moon will show up in the evening sky on November 4. This moon, referred to as a full Beaver Moon, will be bigger and brighter than average as it is nearer to Earth than normal-only December’s full moon will be closer.
All full moons are given names that match with the timing of events when folks were more reliant on the seasons. This year has been slightly abnormal, nevertheless.
September’s moon is typically called the Harvest Moon as it is the time when folks would harvest corn. On the other hand, the Harvest Moon is always the full moon that falls closest to the fall equinox-and this year, that was October’s.
November’s full moon was named Beaver Moon by colonists and Algonquin tribes, based on The Old Farmer’s Almanac, because it was the time of year when folks would set traps for beavers-ensuring they had plenty of furs to last through winter.
It is generally known as the Full Frost Moon as this was around the time when the first frost comes.
This year, nevertheless, it is also referred to as the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon, which always falls after the Harvest Moon. With the latter taking place in August, the Hunter’s Moon has also been pushed back. Based on Universe Today, the name goes back to the First Nations of North America. It was the time when hunters went out killing deer in order to save up meat for winter- therefore Hunter’s or Blood.
Not a supermoon
Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon being at perigee-its nearest point to Earth. This makes the moon seem larger and brighter than usual.
This year’s event does not quite correlate. The perigee, when the moon will come within 224,587 miles of us, occurs a day earlier. On the evening of the full moon, it will be 2,000 miles further away.
As the video above points out, the supermoon in November 2016 was the closest full moon to Earth since 1948.
December’s full moon, will, on the other hand, be a supermoon. It will reach perigee, a distance of 222,135 miles, in the very early hours of December 4 and be referred to as the Full Cold Moon-no prizes for guessing why.
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