Look …up in the sky…it’s not a bird,
it’s not a plane…it’s ‘supermoon’

November 14 2016 10:16 AM

Video from NASA’s website

If you happen to look up in the sky later tonight, Monday, November 14, there’s a big chance that you’ll be looking at an astronomical phenomenon that last happened 68 years ago, according to scientists from NASA.

Skywatchers in Asia are perhaps in the best position to witness the appearance of the “supermoon”, which may be seen at its “absolute largest” in its full moon phase at 9:52 p.m. Hongkong time (also in Manila) or 7:22 p.m. in India, NASA said in a report on CNN.

The next time another supermoon like this will occur will be in 2034, the report said.

Supermoon

A “supermoon” occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth, according to the CNN report.

The term is borrowed from the pseudoscience of astrology but has been adopted by popular culture and astronomers. Supermoons generally appear to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons.

While such moons occur around every 13 months, November’s is a special one, the report said.

According to NASA, this supermoon “becomes full within about two hours of perigee — arguably making it an extra-super moon.”

In America, the November full moon is known as a “Beaver Moon,” because it arrives at the time of year when fur trappers would hunt the dam-building animals.

A month after the mega-supermoon, another supermoon will rise on December 14.

It too will be a sight to behold, but it’ll also limit our opportunity to see something just as beautiful — a Geminid meteor shower.

The Geminid meteor shower, an annual event, got its name because the meteors look like they’re coming from the constellation of Gemini.

But the supermoon’s brighter light will drastically reduce the number of meteors you’ll be able to see.

Quoting NASA, the report said meteor gazers will be lucky if there would be a dozen meteors in an hour at the shower’s peak, when normally the shower would light up the night sky with more than 100 meteors per hour.

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