The moon is set to be 30% bigger than it has been in 60 years

Published on by Sofi Germanos (editor), Emma McGrievy (author)

Set your alarms for 4pm this afternoon as today you will see the moon bigger and brighter since 1948.

The moon orbits the earth in an oval shape every 27 days, resulting in the moon being closer at certain times, resulting in what observers call a ‘Supermoon’ or ‘New moon”. Generally, supermoons can be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter, but only when compared with the furthest point the Moon gets to within its orbit.

As well as this, we will also witness a Beaver Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere November’s full moon occurs at the time of year when hunters used to set traps before waters froze over, to ensure a supply of warm furs for winter – hence the name ‘Beaver Moon’. 

The moon will be at its closest – only 221,524 miles away- at 11:21PM.

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