Nov 12, 2016

‘Super Moon’ rising Featured

The full moon appearing in the skies on November 14 will be larger than on other full moon Poya days, according to Planetarium sources.

This phenomenon happens every once in 68 years and such a full moon is known as the ‘Super Moon’.

The Super Moon is around 14% larger than the regular full moon and 30% brighter than usual.

SuperMoon1 600px 16 11 12According to the Planetarium sources, such a super moon had been seen in 1948 and the next super moon will appear again on November 25, 2034.

The moon rotates around the earth in an oval path and when it is closest to earth and on a full moon day the moon appears larger and brighter.

In such an occurrence the sun, moon and earth are all aligned in one straight line.

This year we witnessed the larger moon on three instances, on October 16, November 14 and December 14. However the moon on November 14 is the largest that can be seen.

The distance between the earth and the moon is around 384,400 km. However on November 14 when the Super moon appears the distance between earth and the moon is 356,509 km.

Following are dates and distance between the earth and moon, for a better understanding of the significance of this occurrence.

SuperMoon2 600px 16 11 12Year Date Distance between earth and moon
2011 March 19 356,575 km
2012 May 6 356,955 km
2013 June 23 356,991 km
2014 August 10 356,896 km
2015 September 28 356,877 km
2016 November 14 356,509 km
2034 November 25 356,500 km
2052 December 6 356,425 km

The moon has some effect on tidal waves and as the moon is closest to the earth on November 14, there is a possibility of an increase in tidal waves.

This phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye and according to Planetarium sources, the best time to witness the optimum size and brightness would be around 7.30 pm on November 14.