Rare November Moon, First Since 1948

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(WTNH)– Early morning on November 14th, the night sky will be a bit brighter with a rare celestial phenomenon. It’s actually called a supermoon or perigee (When the moon is at its closest point), which typically appears 30% brighter and 14% larger than apogee (When the moon is at its furthest point). The distance between the Earth and the moon can range about 32,000 miles. 221,208 miles would be its closest point and at the other end of the spectrum is 252,898 miles, which would be its furthest point. NASA says this pass will be roughly 221,524 miles, which is 316 miles from it nearest possible point. This will be the closest pass since January of 1948! The supermoon isn’t just a fun sight for photographers and skywatchers, there is an impact it will have on peoples lives as well. If you live along the shoreline in Connecticut you know how full moons can impact high/low tides. Because of how close this full moon will be, tides will run higher than normal during high tide and lower than normal during low tide. So just watch that closely if you typically see minor flooding during full moons. NASA says the next time this will occur will not be until November 25, 2034. So hopefully the skies stay clear!

CLICK HERE to check out some of the other great things you can see in the night sky over the coming months.

 

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone

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