In Photo: The closest “supermoon” to earth was seen on Nov. 14 | Photo credits to NASA
By Jan Darnel Domalanta
SKYGAZERS flocked near fields, skyscrapers and other popular viewing spots last Nov. 14 to observe one of the largest supermoons in the last 68 years.
This unusual supermoon, described by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a “spectacular sight”, was the closest full moon to Earth since 1948.
According to experts, nothing will match the size of this supermoon until 2034.
Due to the moon’s orbit around the Earth being an ellipse rather than a circle, there will be times when the moon is closer to the Earth than usual.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the perigee, the point on the moon’s orbit that is closest to the Earth.
At this point, the moon appears to be about 14% larger and 30% brighter than it is at the apogee, the point on the moon’s orbit that is farthest from the Earth.
If you missed the November 14 supermoon, the last supermoon of 2016 will rise next month on December 14.