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Biggest Supermoon In 70 Years Tonight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — There will be a Full Moon tonight, Sunday, November 13, 2016 – but not just any Full Moon, this will be the biggest Supermoon in 68 years. This Supermoon will appear 15% larger and 30% brighter than regular Full Moons.

A Supermoon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.  When the Moon is closest to Earth, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Supermoon is also known as a Perigee Moon. The November 2016 Supermoon will be the closest approach to the Earth so far during this century.

When does the Supermoon begin?

The November 2016 Supermoon begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast at 5:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

The Moon will be at its fullest (99.6% full) the following morning at 8:52 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, November 14, 2016.  However, the Moon will set two hours beforehand at 6:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

When is the best time to watch the Supermoon?  

Low-hanging moons near the horizon appear the biggest to humans.  So the Supermoon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the Florida east coast:

During and just after the moonrise at 5:11 p.m. on November 13.

Just before and during the moonset at 6:35 a.m. on November 14.

During and just after the moonrise at 6:02 p.m. on November 14.

Will The Supermoon Cause Higher Tides?

Yes. The Supermoon will cause higher than normal tides. For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the moonrise over the ocean, this Supermoon will cause a nearly 5-foot high tide during the moonrises and moonset.

Why is a Full  Moon in November Called a Beaver Moon?

A Full Moon in November has seasonal names such as a “Beaver’s Moon” or “Frosty Moon” to indicate that it was the last time to catch Beavers for their fur as winter approaches.

Photo credit: NASA

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