Astronomy enthusiasts and other curious people who like to plunge their heads into the stars: Monday, November 14 is a date to be marked imperatively on your calendars!
Indeed, the sky will offer us a “Super-Moon”… And not the least: it will be the largest in the entire 21st century, reports NASA! Then you can already start preparing yourself to choose the ideal spot to observe it comfortably.
What’s a Super Moon? Scientists prefer to call it by the slightly more barbaric term of “perigee-syzyme”. In fact, the moon makes an elliptical orbit around the Earth, which means that it can be more or less distant from our planet.
And what we call the Super Moon is precisely when the full moon… coincides exactly with the precise point of the passage closest to the lunar star in relation to the earth, which is called the perigee. In addition to this, the Earth, the Moon and the Sun must simultaneously be aligned while the Moon, orbiting the Earth, is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, a rather rare configuration.
This Monday, November 14, the moon will be closer to our planet than it has been since 1948, and it won’t be again until… 2034. You understand that this kind of heavenly chance doesn’t happen often!
Specifically, the moon will appear much bigger and brighter than any full moon you have ever seen in your life.
The satellite will appear 14% larger than its usual size, and 30% brighter!
So don’t forget to look up to the sky on November 14th! However, if you miss it, you can always console yourself with another Super-Moon on December 14, even though it will be much less imposing.