Supermoon Facts


James Ranalli, Reporter

On November 13th the supermoon will take place. This is the closest the moon has been to Earth since 1946.  The moon appears 30% brighter and 14% bigger. 

  • It’s called the Mega Beaver Moon in November in the United States because for both colonists and the Algonquin tribes it came at the time of the year when beaver traps were set before the swamps froze over.
  • The moon will be at 221,519 miles from Earth when it reaches its fullest point Monday. When it reaches its closest point on Nov. 25, 2034, it will be even closer at 221,488 miles.
  • Supermoons bring the largest tides because the moon is so close causing the gravitational pull to be strong.
  • This supermoon is the largest since 1948, and we won’t see another like it until 2034.
  • The supermoon may simply be an optical illusion.

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