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post Nov 5 2016, 09:50 AM, updated 5y ago

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Entire lifetimes have come and gone without the moon looking quite as large as it will this month. On November 14th, skygazers will witness the closest full moon, or “supermoon,” of 2016. But more excitingly, it’ll be the closest full moon since 1948—and we won’t get another one like it until 2034.

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The reason the moon appears to shrink and grow in the sky is that its orbit is not a perfect circle, but rather, a modest ellipse. As the moon swings between its closest point (perigee) and its furthest point (apogee), its distance to Earth varies by approximately 30,000 miles. This translates to a size variation comparable to the difference between a nickel and a quarter.



Full moons and new moons occur when the Earth, sun and moon all form a line, something astronomers call “syzygy.” When the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun during syzygy, it appears full. And when this particular celestial alignment also happens to coincide with perigee, we get an exceptionally close full moon, also known as a perigee moon or a supermoon.

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A full moon at perigee can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at apogee. But even among the elite perigee moons, there’s some variation in size. That’s because the sun and moon—being moving objects in space rather than circles on a diagram—very rarely line up exactly at perigee. And, to a lesser extent, because the Earth’s distance to the sun changes during its orbit, too.
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What makes the November 14th moon so special is that it turns full at 1:52pm UTC (9:52am ET), two and a half hours after hitting perigee at 11:23 UTC (7:52am ET). This is the closest a full moon has to come to hitting perigee on the nose since January 26th, 1948, and the closest it will come for another 18 years, until November 25th, 2034.
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All in all, it’ll be the largest moon in an 86 year period, which is pretty damn cool. Although, as NASA Planetary Program Executive Gordon Johnston notes, it’ll be very hard to tell the difference between this super-dupermoon and more ordinary supermoons with the naked eye. “You’d need a ruler,” he said.
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According to Johnston, if you’re on the East Coast, the best time to check out this once-in-a-lifetime supermoon is going to be early on the morning of November 14th, before the moon sets and the sky starts to lighten at dawn. Not only is pre-dawn the closest to the full moon perigee us East Coasters are going to get, but—added bonus—as the moon sets, it can appear unnaturally large, owing to the fact that your brain starts measuring it against other objects on the horizon.

So: set an early alarm for the 14th, and get ready to bask in the glory of the most brilliant supermoon the modern world has seen.

[EarthSky, NASA]

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post Nov 5 2016, 09:55 AM

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post Nov 5 2016, 09:56 AM

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nice...can see it from Malaysia?
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post Nov 5 2016, 09:59 AM

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post Nov 5 2016, 10:00 AM

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well every year also they said the biggest in your lifetime so...
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post Nov 5 2016, 10:17 AM

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brb, going to turn in giant monkey on that night
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post Nov 5 2016, 10:21 AM

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QUOTE(riezzien @ Nov 5 2016, 09:59 AM)
Banjir is kambing.
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Yes the closer the moon the higher the tide.
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post Nov 6 2016, 04:04 PM

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anyone has good recommendations where to go to see the moon? somewhere to hang out basically. or like, where do other moon- viewers go?

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post Nov 6 2016, 04:08 PM

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That night my kote will be superkote also.
My gf parents will be asay on vacation.
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post Nov 13 2016, 07:27 PM

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Damn moon is getting bigger today, take a look outside

Alltogether now #kumbaya
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post Nov 13 2016, 07:29 PM

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post Nov 14 2016, 11:11 AM

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QUOTE(VenusV @ Nov 6 2016, 04:04 PM)
anyone has good recommendations where to go to see the moon? somewhere to hang out basically. or like, where do other moon- viewers go?
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I'm interested to know as well.

any k/ expert can advice on this?
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:14 AM

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QUOTE(EdBaaBaa @ Nov 14 2016, 11:11 AM)
I'm interested to know as well.

any k/ expert can advice on this?
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same here
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:14 AM

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QUOTE(EdBaaBaa @ Nov 14 2016, 11:11 AM)
I'm interested to know as well.

any k/ expert can advice on this?
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The best photo of the moon must have some objects silhouetting it like tree, building, plane, birds etc.

A picture with moon alone will be a boring picture.
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:15 AM

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Heard it's gonna be at 9 something PM today in Malaysia where it will be the biggest

Does this make sense?


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post Nov 14 2016, 11:16 AM

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post Nov 14 2016, 11:16 AM

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QUOTE(taiping... @ Nov 14 2016, 11:15 AM)
Heard it's gonna be at 9 something PM today
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You better get ready your gear (camera) from 7PM onward, very rare occasion to see moon rises from the horizon like the sun.

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post Nov 14 2016, 11:17 AM

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D moon is fake. D earth is flat.
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:18 AM

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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 11:14 AM)
The best photo of the moon must have some objects silhouetting it like tree, building, plane, birds etc.

A picture with moon alone will be a boring picture.
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even if i can't capture a great photo, i would like to view it.

Don't think i can make it to the next viewing in 2034 sad.gif
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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 11:16 AM)
You better get ready your gear (camera) from 7PM onward, very rare occasion to see moon rises from the horizon like the sun.
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Ayam scared the way u explain it
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:21 AM

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QUOTE(EdBaaBaa @ Nov 14 2016, 11:18 AM)
even if i can't capture a great photo, i would like to view it.

Don't think i can make it to the next viewing in 2034  sad.gif
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ok get ready at 7pm onward facing east (where the sun rise), take selfie with moon in the background and post here.
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:22 AM

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It's feel very good to F under the moon.
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post Nov 14 2016, 11:24 AM

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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 11:21 AM)
ok get ready at 7pm onward facing east (where the sun rise), take selfie with moon in the background and post here.
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brb looking for my long unused camera

note to self: gotta buy a selfie stick or duct tape to tape camera to broomstick!

also looking for compass to find east.

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post Nov 14 2016, 05:14 PM

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nah super moon

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post Nov 14 2016, 05:16 PM

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ayam will propose on this day under supermoon
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QUOTE(IMORTALfatahL2401 @ Nov 5 2016, 09:56 AM)
nice...can see it from Malaysia?
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The earth is round, it spins faster than the moon rotating around the earth.
So the answer is yes.
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post Nov 14 2016, 05:21 PM

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post Nov 14 2016, 07:27 PM

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Moon just rises on the horizon! Get ready guys

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Raining here in freaking penang
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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 07:27 PM)
Moon just rises on the horizon!  Get ready guys

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Raining here in freaking penang
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apa drone ni
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post Nov 14 2016, 08:22 PM

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look like regular full moon only brighter

some place got say it yellowish, some say it's look bigger than usual

to me look biasa saja
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post Nov 14 2016, 09:23 PM

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Here you go, i shot this with my Canon SX50HS Superzoom



Cloudy night after rain in Penang
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post Nov 15 2016, 01:06 AM

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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 09:23 PM)
Here you go, i shot this with my Canon SX50HS Superzoom



Cloudy night after rain in Penang
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New task for you, go to the moon and zoom in on Earth using your Canon SX50HS Superzoom/
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post Nov 15 2016, 01:07 AM

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It was raining. Kenot see. sad.gif
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QUOTE(michaellks @ Nov 15 2016, 01:06 AM)
New task for you, go to the moon and zoom in on Earth using your Canon SX50HS Superzoom/
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done

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Supermoon always causes earthquakes, based on history we've seen.

This time New Zealand kena.
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post Nov 15 2016, 09:21 AM

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QUOTE(chokia @ Nov 14 2016, 09:23 PM)
Here you go, i shot this with my Canon SX50HS Superzoom



Cloudy night after rain in Penang
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Nice rclxms.gif

Thanks for sharing!
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