A November 11th, 2016 Message from Grandma Chandra

Super Moon

Hello Soul Family!

We’re about to see a record-breaking Super Moon, the biggest in nearly 70 years!! If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November Super Moon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948.

During this event that will happen on the eve of November 14th, the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. This is the closest the Moon will get to Earth until 25 November 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one.

How do you get a Super Moon? As NASA explains the Moon has an elliptical orbit, one side – called the perigee – is about 48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee).


When the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up as the Moon orbits Earth, that’s known as syzygy (keep this in your back pocket for your next Scrabble match).

When this Earth-Moon-Sun system occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us, and the Moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, we get what’s called a perigee-syzygy.


That causes the Moon to appear much bigger and brighter in our sky than usual, and it’s referred to as a Super Moon – or more technically, a perigee. But because the November 14 Moon becomes full within about 2 hours of perigee, it’s going to look the biggest it has in nearly seven decades.
I love you All,
Grandma
Your continued commitment to work with me is
deeply appreciated.
  
chandrawhalecoding 
Hugs and Love to all of you,
 
 G’ma and Cat 
                                                                                                                  

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