Moons page — updated on February 16th, 2017

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Largest Supermoon Since 1948

During the early part of last year's autumn season, night-sky viewers in many areas of the world witnessed a historic event: a combined Supermoon and total Lunar Eclipse (blog post), which had not previously occurred since 1982. Stargazers — in this case, though, I will say moongazers — will soon be treated to another momentous spectacle. This (full) moon will be the largest, closest, and brightest version since January 26th, 1948! You can witness the Supermoon tomorrow, November 13th — or later in the day tonight, if you live in the Eastern Hemisphere. The moon's largest size will appear in our night skies on November 14th, although the moon is already quite large as I'm looking out my window now. When will the moon be as large, close, and bright as it is now? November 25th, 2034...so, in about 18 years! More details about the Supermoon can be found on this EarthSky article and that Earthsky article.

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Blog Background

The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula