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Plenty of time to catch spectacular November Supermoon tonight

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Published         14 Nov , 2016      7:51 am          241 views.

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The rare full moon on Christmas 2015. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio.

Tonight is the night. One can have plenty of time (minutes) to catch the one spectacular sight above.

The upcoming supermoon tonight, November 14th will be specially super because it’s the closest full moon seen from the Earth since 1958.

The nextt episode of another supermoon of the same magnitude will be in 2034.

On this particular sight, the orbit around Earth will be slightly elliptical. when the moon is full as it makes the closest pass to Earth, it is referred to as a supermoon.

At perigree, or the point at which the moon is closest to Earth, it can be as much as 14 per cent closer to Earth than at apogee (when the moon is farthest).

As the moon appears much larger in diameter, it shines 30 percent more moonlight.

NASA scientists have a better understanding of the moon which for tens of years have been the focus of studies.

The spacecraft LRO (Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter) orbiting the moon has been mapping the celestial body for over seven years already.

The image above resembles the sight to behold tonight culled from the files The rare full moon on Christmas 2015.

Banner image: This image approximates the look of the Nov. 14, 2016, full moon with data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio. (with notes from NASA)


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