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Sky-Watching: Three More Supermoons Before 2016 Ends (Video)

First Posted: Oct 17, 2016 04:59 AM EDT
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Supermoons occur 4 to 6 times every year on average. There were three supermoons already happened and there will be three more before the year 2016 ends.

Mark your calendar and watch them happen. See the moon at the point of its orbit closest to the planet Earth. The next three supermoons will occur on October 16, 2016, which will be visible tonight, November 14, 2016, at 13:52 UTC and December 14, 2016, at 00:05 UTC, according to Telegraph.

Supermoon or also known as Perigee Full Moon is a new or full moon that appears when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in a given orbit. This resulted in the largest size of the lunar moon as seen from the Earth. The moon will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger from the view of the planet Earth.

The term "supermoon" originated in the modern astrology. It is linked with a greater risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruption. On the other hand, no evidence could prove this link yet.

A full moon that appears every year has its own name. The October's full moon is dubbed as Hunter's moon. This is because it occurs very soon after sunset. This is the time wherein the moon generates light for farmers plowing in the fields and hunters to search for wildlife.

The closest approach of the moon to Earth is on November 14, 2016. This will be the closest the moon at distance to planet Earth so far this century. The moon will be close again in November 2034. Meanwhile, in the whole of the 21st century, the closest full moon will be on December 6, 2052.

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