Catch the Biggest Supermoon of the 21st Century Tonight

The moon will be at its biggest and brightest since 1948 on Nov 14. | By NGT Staff  
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A supermoon or "perigee full moon" occurs when a full moon is at the closest point to Earth in its lunar orbit. This photograph was taken on November 13, 2016 as the moon rose over Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A. Photo: Yellowstone National Park/Facebook

Shortly after sunset, stop whatever you’re doing, and look out towards the east: The biggest and brightest moon of the century rises tonight. In India, the supermoon will reach the pinnacle of its lunar orbit at 7.22p.m. on Monday November 14.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon is at the closest point to Earth in its lunar orbit. At this time, the moon may appear up to 14 per cent bigger and up to 30 per cent brighter than when it’s at the farthest point on the orbit. The last time a supermoon this large occurred was in January 1948, and astronomers say our lunar companion will not be as close again until November 2034.

Click here for handy stargazing apps and websites that can provide celestial guidance, and if cloudy skies and pollution come in the way, log on to a livestream such as this one hosted by Israel’s Bareket Observatory. We also have an inspiring list of dark-sky locations around the world, if the astronomy bug bites. (What’s a Dark Sky location, you ask? Click here).

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