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Watch Live: The Largest Supermoon In 68 Years Peaks Tonight

14 Nov 2016, 03:03 UTC
Watch Live: The Largest Supermoon In 68 Years Peaks Tonight
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Don’t miss the biggest supermoon in a generation this Monday.

Skywatchers will have an opportunity to witness the biggest and brightest supermoon in a generation on Monday when the full moon makes its closest approach to Earth in more than 68 years.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with perigee, the point in a moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. Typically what are described as supermoons are full moons which occur within 90% of its closest approach to Earth.

The moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, meaning that it is not a perfect circle. There are times in the moon’s orbit when it is further away from Earth and times when it is closer. Supermoons that come this close to Earth are a very rare sight to behold. The last time a supermoon was this close to Earth was in 1948 and it won’t happen again until 2034.

Supermoons, also known as full moons at perigee, can appear up to 14% closer than at apogee, the point at which the moon is furthest from Earth. When a full moon is at perigee, it reflects more sunlight and can appear up to 30 ...

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