Historic City News readers can witness the closest full moon of 2016 this morning and it is also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. 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”.
The moon will be appear biggest when it reaches the peak of its full phase, which is expected to happen this morning, November 14th, at 8:52 a.m. EST.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” a NASA spokesman told local reporters. “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
This month’s moon is especially “super” for two reasons:
- it is the only supermoon this year to be completely full
- it is the closest moon to Earth since 1948 – when a gallon of gas cost just 16 cents.
The moon won’t be this super again until 2034.