Supermoon November 2016

The moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948 in November 2016

During the event, the moon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon.

This is the closest the moon will get to Earth until 25 November 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one.

What is a Supermoon?

A supermoon usually takes place every one to two years, when the full moon coincides with its closest point to Earth during its monthly orbit.

Because the moon has an elliptical orbit, one side – called the perigee – is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee).

When is the Supermoon?

Monday, November 14. There are six supermoons in total this year. We’ve already had four, and there are two more to go before the year ends so, stargazers, note down these dates.

  • November 14 at 13:52 UTC
  • December 14 at 00:05 UTC

So, how close does the Supermoon get?

It might look close, but it’s not that close. November 14’s full moon will be the closest supermoon of the year. The moon will come 221,524 miles from Earth – almost touching distance in space terms. In fact, the November moon will be the closest the moon has got to Earth so far this century. It won’t be this close again until November 25, 2034.

What do I look for?

Head outside at sunset, which on Sunday, October 16 occurs at 18:04 in the UK, when the moon is closest to the horizon.

As well as being closer and brighter, the moon will look orange and red around this time. This is because as moonlight passes through the thicker section of the atmosphere, light particles at the red end of the spectrum don’t scatter as easily as light at the blue end of the spectrum. So when the moon looks red, you’re just looking at red light that wasn’t scattered.