Look up! November Supermoon will be biggest in almost 70 years
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Nov 09, 2016,
Nov 09, 2016, 1:14
For skygazers in Singapore, the supermoon can be seen if there is no cloud cover. In this alignment the sun and moon are directly opposite each other in the sky as seen from Earth, meaning that the moon rises at the same time as the sun sets. A report from The Sun reminds doctors and hospital workers to beware of the upcoming biggest supermoon because "it could mean chaos and "lunacy" for hospital workers in the ER".
There is a rare event coming to our sky this month. It will not come this close again until November 25, 2034.
A supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs at the Moon's closest approach (known as a perigee) to Earth.
The term is borrowed from the pseudoscience of astrology but has been adopted by popular culture and astronomers.
A perigee-syzygy causes the moon to appear much bigger and brighter than usual - and it is referred to as a supermoon (or technically, a perigee moon).
This month's super moon will occur just two hours before the full moon on November 14th.
But NASA says the November 14 moon could, arguably, even be called an "extra-supermoon", and here's why.
The exact time of the full moon occurs a little later at 2.52am, at which time the moon will appear high in the sky and noticeably brighter.
The November full moon is called a "Beaver Moon", named by the Native Americans who set their traps before the swamps froze over, so they could make sure they get a good supply of warm furs before winter.
Americans and Europeans can get their best views either Sunday Nov. 13 or the following night.
While on the US West Coast it should be able to spot it near its fullest at 5:52 a.m. PST. Rest assured your place will have good weather condition, with little or no city lights nor clouds that may hide the brightness of the supermoon.
The bad news about that supermoon, according to NASA, is that it will drown on the view of the Geminid meteor shower.
Nice as this moon may be when full, when waning it spoils the Leonid meteor shower. But you may catch some of the brighter ones radiating from a point high in the southeast, inside the head of Leo, the lion. However, each stargazer can still expect to see at least a dozen Geminids per hour when it peaks.