Today, November 14th presents the moon’s closest encounter with
Earth in over 68 years, since January 26, 1948. The full moon today will feature the closest full moon until November 25th, 2034.
This natural phenomenon can be observed around 7.30 p.m. today as a bigger and brighter full moon. The moon orbits the Earth in approximate one-month cycles but rather than following a perfectly circular trajectory around our planet, it traces out an elliptical shape.
As a result, it is not always equidistant from the Earth; the point when it is closest to the Earth each month is called perigee and the point when it swings farthest away is called apogee. When the full moon falls on the same day as the perigee, the moon in the sky appears larger and brighter than usual, creating a “Supermoon.”
On November 14th, at perigee, the moon can come as close as 356,509 km to Earth. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is 384,400 km. A perigee full moon can be as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the full moon at apogee. There are three full moons in 2016 that meet the definition of a super moon – October, November and December. But the November 14th, full moon is the most superior!