Tonight is the Supermoon of 2016—which is also the Beaver Moon (full moon in November). The moon is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth today (actually tomorrow, November 14 in the morning) than it typically is. This happens every year, but it doesn’t always coincide with a full moon! The last time it did was 68 years ago in 1948. The next instance of this happening is in 2034.
NASA states that the moon tonight is about 238,000 miles from Earth and appears in the sky to be 14% larger to the eye and will reflect about 30% more light from the sun than it usually does.
Take a peek outside and witness what many have never seen before. Even if it does just look like the moon, this is possibly a once in a lifetime astronomical event for many.
NASA Supermoon Site
Spot the comet PANSTARRS. (Hint, it is below the moon and to the right about 1/3 way up from the horizon.) I took this with my two boys on top of a hill near our house. On this, it is a smudge but very cool to capture!
“Partial Annular Eclipse Series”
Tonight in the northern hemisphere there was a solar eclipse. The annular eclipse is when the new moon crosses the path of the sun and creates what looks like a ring when seen at full eclipse. Where I live we were only able to see a partial (57%) eclipse. This is a series of six photos from eclipse start to sunset.
Tonight is the first full moon of the year—also known as the Ice Moon.
In honor of today marking the 40th Anniversary of the first moon landing, the website, wechoosethemoon.org is reliving the journey on the web with maps models, pictures and the audio as it happened. It all is to happen in about six hours from now, so go see it! You can even follow the landing as it happenned using twitter to recieve feeds of what was going on.