Biggest supermoon in 70 years
LONDON: The year is set to close with the biggest moon that most people alive will ever have seen.
The satellite is set to get closer – and so it’ll appear brighter and bigger – than it has been for almost 70 years on Nov 14.
A supermoon happens because of the strange, egg-shaped orbit of the moon. One part of the orbit, known as the perigee, is about 48,000km closer to earth than the apogee, or the furthest part.
And if the orbit of the moon lines up right with the sun and the Earth, it causes an effect called perigeesyzygy – meaning that the moon appears far bigger in the sky and gets called a supermoon.
Supermoons happen relatively often. But it’s very rare that they’re quite as big as the one coming this month.
The moon is closer than it will be until 2034. And it will appear bigger than it has for almost 70 years – the last time it was so close was 1948. – The Independent