Biggest Supermoon In A Lifetime On November 13, 2016

November may not be the sunniest month, but this time around it brings us the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

But probably the most pleasant thing to do is watch the Moon rising.

A Supermoon occurs due to the unusual, egg-shaped orbit of the moon.

According to the USNO, the moon will hit its peak fullness at 10:52 a.m. EST (1:52 p.m. UST) on November 14, which is daytime for New Yorkers.

This supermoon is one of three to occur during the last three months of 2016.

But if you held up a small card and marked the edges of the rising moon on the card, and then hold the card up later to the higher moon, you will see that it is the same size.

But for the best effect - and the closest you'll get to witnessing the spectacular images seen across social media following such an event - you'll want to look east shortly after sunset, which on November 14 falls at roughly 4.12pm.

It just so happens that not only will we have another Supermoon relatively soon, but this one will be a super-duper Supermoon. When the Earth, moon and sun line up in an orbit, while the moon is on its nearest approach to Earth, we are treated to a so-called supermoon. Secondly, the moon must be at a point during its orbit where it is particularly close to Earth.

Many scientists agree that the moon was created due to a massive collision billions of years ago, when our planet was grazed by an object about as large as Mars, called Theia.

As for November's supermoon, you won't see one as impressive as this again until the end of November in 2034, so it's well worth making sure you step outside to take a look!

There are a few factors that go into an altered appearance of the moon from Earth: our proximity to it, our alignment with it, and our skies conditions.

Also on November 14 the moon will appear to be 14 percent larger.

According to EarthSky.org, the moon will turn precisely full on November 14 at 1:52 p.m. UTC, or 8:52 a.m. ET.

Look at any full moon just as it rises and again an hour or two later. "And we can multiply that beauty by three as 2016 comes to a close", NASA officials wrote in an October 14 blog post. It also causes higher spring tides, known as perigean spring tide or the more colloquial term, king tide.

  • Carolyn Briggs