Look Up, Skygazers! Hunter’s Supermoon Expected To Grace Weekend Skies

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — There is some good news for skygazers: a supermoon red and orange in color is expected to grace the weekend skies.

The National Geographic reports that the hunter’s moon is expected to be visible both Saturday and Sunday.

The publication reports it will be a supermoon and will appear larger than the average full moon.

The moon will be full on Oct. 16, and appear “at its closest point to out planet as it orbits Earth,” according to a video posted to YouTube by NASA.

“The term supermoon has entered popular consciousness in recent years.

“Originally, a term for modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit, supermoon now refers more broadly to a full moon that is closer to earth than average,” NASA indicated in the ScienceCast.

NASA says there will be two other supermoons as the year comes to a close slated for Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.

“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the twenty-first century,” NASA said. “The full moon won’t come to Earth this close again until Nov. 25, 2034.”

NASA explains that the supermoon of Dec. 14 will wipe out the view of the Geminid meteor shower, adding “bright moonlight will reduce the visibility of faint meteors.”


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