Do you enjoy looking up into the night sky, or do you like learning about astronomy and want to become a scientist when you grow up? Do you want to witness the biggest supermoon that you will probably see only once or twice in your life? On Monday the biggest supermoon since 1948 appeared in the sky. Scientists say “Bigger in fact, than it has appeared at any point in the last 68 years”.
Now I love learning about astronomy and looking up into the stars, but I particularly love looking at the moon because it looks so bright and pretty and large yet so far away. Yesterday we witnessed a moon that is to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons, which is a big difference. A supermoon happens when it’s a full moon on the same perigee which is when the moon is closest to the earth. In America, November supermoon is known as “beaver moon”, because that’s the time of year fur trappers would hunt beavers.
This special supermoon was seen at precisely 1:52 p.m. UTC, and 8:52 a.m. ET. That’s not all; next month on Dec 14th, another supermoon will occur with a side of meteor showers. The meteor shower that will happen on Dec 14th is known as the Geminid meteor shower. The annual event got its name because the meteors look like they're coming from the constellation of Gemini. Do not be surprised if you can’t see the meteor shower because the brightness of the moon will make it hard to see the meteors.