Supermoon to Light Up the Sky This Weekend

Moon

A few weeks ago we were talking about the black moon. Tonight’s full moon, also referred to as the hunter’s moon, will have an added bonus.

Astronomers say the moon will be at it’s closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth, also known as a Supermoon, making it appear to be 15 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

Not only will the moon be full and super bright, but it is also a Hunter’s Moon, which rises earlier in the evening. The best time to catch a glimpse will be around sunset, when the moon first appears over the horizon.

Because of its earlier-than-usual rising and closer-than-normal distance to Earth, the Hunter’s Supermoon could even appear to be a hue of orange or red.

On November 14, we’ll be treated to an extra-super moon. Astronomers say the moon will appear larger than ever, because it will be the closest to Earth to date in the 21st century. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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