The Biggest Supermoon In Living Memory Is Coming

SupermoonBiswarup Ganguly

On 14 November, the Moon will be closer to Earth than it has been since January 1948.

While it’s still not exactly spitting distance, it does mean we’re all in for an astronomical spectacle the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1948 – nearly 70 years.

The supermoon will appear 30 times brighter than an average moon, and 14 times bigger.

Set to dominate the skies over Britain during perigee – the point in the moon’s egg-shaped orbit at which it is nearest to the earth – this type of supermoon won’t appear again until November 2034.

Although this is the third supermoon of the year, 2016 has certainly saved the best for last. This supermoon will be bigger and brighter than any we’ve seen so far.

The moon will become full within two hours of the perigee, which if you think about it, kind of makes the supermoon an XXL supermoon. If this guy was a Marvel character, he’d definitely be Superman. But less boring.

Throughout the 21st century, astronomers have yet to see a full moon so close to Earth.

The moon will be plenty visible all night long on 13 and 14 November, rising in the east at the time of sunrise and setting in the west at around sunset.

The moon will reach the crest of its full phase on 14 November at 09.52 (or 13.52 UTC).


The best time to see the supermoon is when it’s lying low on the horizon, as the buildings or trees silhouetted by its glow will cause an optical illusion making the supermoon look extra large.

No binoculars necessary, folks.