November 14, 2016: SUPER FULL MOON
(The Largest Full Moon in 65 years)
The Full Moon on Monday, November 14, 2016 is a Super Moon, meaning that the Moon is around its closest point to Earth, In fact, the Full Moon hasn’t been so close to Earth since January26, 1948, making this Super Moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than its counterpart, the Micro Moon.
The next time for a Super Full Moon to appear will be on November 25, 2034
The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical. As a result the distance between the Moon and the Earth varies throughout the month and the year. (On average it is about 382,900 kilometres) The point on the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called the perigee and the point farthest away is the apogee
When a Full Moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth, it is called a Super Full Moon and it looks larger and brighter
In addition ,in the Northern Hemisphere Super Moons during the binter months tend to look larger than the one occurring during the rest of the year, because Earth is closer to the Sun, whose gravity pulls the Moon closer to Earth.
The best time to enjoy a Super Full Moon – weather permitting – is at moonrise when the Moon is just above the horizon. (in Milan at 14.52) . At that position the Super Full Moon will look bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky because it is possible to compare its apparent size with elements in the landscape : this effect is known as the Moon Illusion.