Post by Joanna on Nov 13, 2016 20:54:46 GMT -5
Extra-Super Beaver Moon Tomorrow
At 6:22 tomorrow morning, the moon will come closer to Earth than it has since January 26, 1948, making November’s full moon an extra-supermoon.
“I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, said. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine.”
The moon appears full from Earth only when our planet is between the sun the moon. But because the moon’s orbit has an elliptical shape, sometimes it is closer to Earth than at other times. Astronomers call the closest-to-the-Earth moment the perigee. “What makes tomorrow’s moon special it becomes full within about two hours of perigee – arguably making it an extra-super moon,” NASA explained. In short: a so-called supermoon occurs when a full moon happens as the moon is closest to Earth. According to NASA, Earth can be bathed in 30 percent more moonlight during a supermoon.
The year 2016 is blessed with three supermoons. In addition to tomorrow’s moon, there was one October 16 and there will be another December 14, but November’s moon will be the closest to Earth. There won’t be another moon so close to Earth until November 25, 2034 – 18 years from now.
The Algonquin Indians called November’s moon the “Beaver Moon” because beavers were getting ready for winter, and it was the best time to set beaver traps before rivers, lakes and streams froze over. When Europeans came to America, they adopted the Indian names for full moons.
Tomorrow, the full moon rises at 6:12 a.m. and sets at 4:44 p.m. in Bangor, Maine; at 6:26 a.m. and sets at 5:46 p.m. in Lafayette, Louisiana; and at 7:01 a.m. and sets at 5:27 p.m. in Salem, Oregon.
Sources: Rob Verger, FoxNews, November 11, 2016, and Leigh Morgan, AL.com.