That was appeared in the sky 68 years ago in 1948. The biggest and brightest full moon in almost 70 years will grace our sky in 10 days’ time. This will be seen in November 14 and wont come this close again until November 25, 2034. This moon will be 14% bigger and 30% more brighter than the last full moon appeared in October.
The moon only appears full from Earth when our planet is between the sun and the moon. But since the moon’s orbit has an elliptical shape, sometimes it is closer to Earth than other times. Astronomers call the closest-to-the-Earth moment the perigee. What makes November 14 special is that the moon “becomes full within about two hours of perigee—arguably making it an extra-super moon,” according to NASA.
The November supermoon will be unique because it will erase the view of the Geminid meteor shower.
“Bright moonlight will reduce the visibility of faint meteors five to 10 fold, transforming the usually fantastic Geminids into an astronomical footnote,” according to NASA. “Sky watchers will be lucky to see a dozen Geminids per hour when the shower peaks.”
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).
Coming 14th November at around 6.30 pm at Indian time, you can see the supermoon at its brightest avatar.
Another event in this month is meteor shower that will light up the night sky with meteors that are remnants left behind by the passage of the Comet known as 2P/Enckeon on November 12. With larger than normal grains, the Taurids often offer fireballs, as well as about 10-15 meteors per hour.
These year actually has three supermoons. Besides November’s, there was one on October 16 and one will be on December 14, although neither are as close as this month’s.