Supermoon to Light up Sky Beginning Monday Morning
The moon rises beyond the arch in St. Louis, as seen from the Compton Hill Water Tower on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Monday morning Supermoon will be the closest of full moon is been to the earth since January 26, 1948.
The brightest moon in nearly 69 years is going to be lighting up the sky this week, a special treat for star watchers across the globe. This phenomenon is known as the Supermoon and it will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It'll reach its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday night. In New Zealand it'll reach its brightest after midnight on Tuesday local time.
The moon orbits the earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week _it is coming closer to the earth along its elliptical orbit as than any other time since January 1948. The supermoon will also bring high tides followed by plunging low tides the next morning.
Viewers can expect to see a moon 14% larger in diameter and 30% brighter when it's at its furthest from the earth. It won't be this big and bright again for another 18 years.
NASA says its closest approach will occur at 6:21 AM Eastern standard Time on Monday when the moon comes within 221,523 miles. That's from the center of the earth to the center of the moon. The full moon will occur at 8:52 AM Eastern standard Time.
According to the astronomy website earthsky.org, the term supermoon entered usage five years ago when the closest full moon fell on March 19, 2011. The actual scientific term is perigee full moon. In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,481 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.
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