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What the Super Moon will look like (public domain clip art)

What the Super Moon will look like (public domain clip art)

happy-moonThe Super Moon on Nov. 14, 2017, will not be a spectacular event as celestial events go, but will be noteworthy if you are observing it in a rural area away from city lights.
A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is at its full phase AND at its closest distance to Earth. You will observe a larger and brighter full moon, but such events are usually over-hyped.
The forthcoming total solar eclipse coming Aug. 21, 2017 IS NOT! This will be the biggest celestial happening in the United States since 1918.
The Moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical orbit once in approximately 30 days. Because the orbit is not circular, the point of the orbit in which the Moon is closest to Earth is known as perigee. On Nov. 14, 2016 the full moon will be will be at perigee at a mere 221,594 miles from Earth. A Super Moon hasn’t been this close since January 1948. The average Moon-Earth distance is just over 238,000 miles.
The farthest distance is apogee — which this month occurs on Nov. 27, when the Moon’s distance from Earth will be 252,688, according to meanddata.com. Here is a link to this very informative website׃ www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/super-full-moon.
Moonrise on the Monday the 14th is at 5:34 p.m. Optimal time for viewing will be from around 5:50 p.m. (CST) to just after midnight. Look toward the East Northeast horizon in Hill’nHollerland, depending on sky conditions.
J.P.

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