The spectacular sight of a supermoon is spellbinding, and November’s will be the biggest and brightest in 70 years.
It will occur on Monday 14th November, and will be the fifth one of the year, with the final due exactly a month later on December 14th.
A supermoon happens when a full moon is closest to Earth, as its orbit to our planet is in an oval shape, so it is sometimes closer than others.
The term Supermoon has been created by the media, its scientific name is Perigee Full Moon and the best time to see it will be in the early evening or late afternoon, when the sun is setting. It gets bigger the closer to the horizon it gets.
The beautiful astronomical event will not happen again for almost 30 years, with NASA predicting the next to arrive on November 25th, 2034. If you want to wait for the closest full moon of the 21st century, you will have to wait until December 6th, 2052.
Just remember that the tides may be larger during the supermoon, because as you know, they are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon. So be careful if you are near the coast while taking it in.
WHERE TO SEE THE SUPERMOON IN YORKSHIRE
The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, Whitby Abbey is a great attraction to go to on any given day. But its location, high atop a cliff, will make for spectacularly unspoilt views of the moon.