Did you see that?
November 14, 2016 was one for the books. From earth we were able to see the Largest and Rarest Moon, called the Super Moon. A Super Moon is when the moon is closest to earths orbit, while coincidentally being a full moon. Here are 10 fun facts about this incredible phenomenon.
- The last time we were able to see a Super Moon was January 26, 1948.
- This will be the largest and closest Super Moon we have seen since 1948.
- The Super Moon is visually larger up to 14% and Shines 30% brighter.
- Astrologer Richard Nolle first came up with the term Super Moon stating on wikipedia "... a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth"
- This Super Moon is also known as the Beavers Moon, since it arrives in the time of year on the Northern Hemisphere when hunters set traps before the water freezes over, to ensure they have enough warm furs for the winter.
- On average the moon is about 238,000 miles away from earth, but with the super moon it is a little closer being 221,524 miles away.
- The closest full moon of the Century will fall on December 06, 2052!
- There will be noticeable differences with the tides during this Super Moon since the orbit of the moon does affect the earths surface.
- The closest Super Moon/Full Moon was in January of 1912. It was just under 100 kilometers closer than the Super Moon on November 14, 2016.
- According to NASA the moon becomes full about 2 hours before "perigee" (the point in the orbit in the moon when it is closets to earth) making this an extra super moon.