Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory
are excited about the upcoming Super Moon!
On Monday, November 14th the full Moon will occur at the same time the Moon is at perigee (closest distance to the Earth). The Moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t perfectly circular. In fact, it’s more like an oval or an ellipse, so there are times when the Moon is closer to the Earth and farther away (average distance is 238,900 miles).
The Super Moon on Monday is special because the Moon hasn’t been this close (221,524 miles) to Earth since January 26, 1948. Nor will it come this close again until November 25, 2034. This will technically be the best full Moon in 86 years, although it is only 7% larger than the average full moon (see graphic above).
To observe this event, go outside on Sunday or Monday evening (or both!) at around sunset. The Sun will be setting in the western sky as the Moon rises in the east. Early Monday morning as the Sun rises at about 6:30 a.m., the Moon will be setting to the west behind the Rocky Mountains. This is certain to be a beautiful beginning to the day.
The Moon always looks amazing through binoculars, too.
Enjoy the Super Moon!
For more information and tips for photographing the Super Moon, visit NASA.gov for info.