The supermoon on Nov. 14 will be very rare. On the night of Monday, Nov. 14, you’ll see the biggest moon in the sky in 70 years.
The full moon of Nov. 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.
Supermoons aren’t all that rare. They happen when a full moon makes a close pass to earth, making it appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.
But the supermoon on Nov. 14 will be very rare and will break many records:
- The full moon of Nov. 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.
- It will also be the only supermoon of 2016 to be completely full.
- It’s also the closest moon to Earth since 1948, back when a gallon of gas cost just 16 cents.
When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects. The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.
2016 end with three supermoons. The full moon won’t appear to be this big again until 2034.