Supermoon, the brightest moon in 2016 (in fact the brightest moon in 69 years) will be seen on 14 November 2016. According to NASA, it is a big celestial event.
What is a supermoon?
Supermoon is an astrological term. The average distance between Earth and Moon is 384,500 km, but varies between 363,396 km and 405,504 km throughout the year. At the time of a supermoon, the full moon comes closest to the Earth.
Importance of the Supermoon of 14 November 2016
Supermoons are not such a rare phenomena. One in about every 14 full moons is a supermoon. December 14, 2016 will also see a supermoon. The year 2016 has a total of six supermoons in total but the November event will be a ‘once-in-a-generation’ sight for three reasons.
First, this is the closest the Moon has come to the Earth since 1948. According to scientists, this will also be the biggest and the brightest supermoon since January 1948.
There won’t be another such supermoon until 2034, when, more significantly, the Moon will be even closer, at 356,445 km.
Timings of Supermoon in India
On Monday, November 14, the full moon will be 356,508 km from the Earth. The supermoon will be visible from 4:53 pm IST or 11:23 am GMT. Don’t expect the size to vary much, but it will get brighter over time. We can expect to see a moon about 14 per cent larger in diameter and about 30 per cent brighter.
A moon that looks more orange and red when it first rises will be the highlight of this event. It will return to its normal colour as it climbs higher, according to The Telegraph.