Check out the supermoon next Monday
A SUPERMOON is about to happen and Mansfield residents are urged to go outside and take a look.
Happening next Monday, November 14 - this will be a record breaking ‘supermoon’ - the biggest in 70 years since January 1948 and the closest full moon in the 21st century.
During the event, which will happen on the eve of November 14, the moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an average full moon.
This is t he closest t he moon will get to Earth until November 25, 2034. What is a supermoon? NASA explained, because the moon has an elliptical orbit, one side - called the perigee - is about 48,280km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee).
When the sun, the moon, and Earth line up as the moon orbits Earth, that’s known as syzygy.
When this Earth-moon-sun system occurs with the perigee side of the moon facing us, and the moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the sun, we get what’s called a perigee-syzygy.
That causes the moon to appear much bigger and brighter in our sky than usual, and it’s referred to as a supermoon - or more t echnically, a perigee moon.
Supermoons aren’t all that uncommon - one occurred on October 16, and after the November 14 super-supermoon, there will be another one on December 14.
But because the November 14 moon becomes full within about two hours of perigee, it’s going to look the biggest it has in nearly seven decades.
“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the clos- est full moon to date in the 21st century,” says NASA.
“The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.”
Depending on where you’re viewing it from, the difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon can be stark, or difficult to tell.
I f t he moon i s hanging high overhead, and you have no buildings or landmarks to compare it to, it can be tricky to tell that it’s larger than usual.
But if you’re viewing from a spot where the moon is sitting closer to the horizon, it can create what’s known as ‘moon illusion’.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA.
“The effect i s an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
FLY ME TO THE MOON: Reach out and touch the moon next Monday when a ‘supermoon’ occurs. PHOTO: Ken Rainsbury