Wyoming’s Biggest Astronomical Show In 70 Years
“If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon.”
While the last three months of 2016 each boast a supermoon, this month’s full moon will be the largest and closest to Earth since 1948 and will be the closest the Moon will get to Earth until November 25, 2034,
On November 14, the Moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon.
NASA explains, because the Moon has an elliptical orbit, one side –the perigee – is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other side (the apogee). When the Sun, Moon and Earth line up, that’s syzygy. When this Earth-Moon-Sun system occurs with the perigee side of the Moon facing us, and the Moon happens to be on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun, we get what’s called a perigee-syzygy, a supermoon. On November 14, it becomes full within about two hours of perigee—arguably making it an extra-super moon.
science@NASA brings clarity with this short video.
Reason to look up at the Wyoming night sky for the most impressive supermoon in nearly seven decades. It could be a great time to get away from city lights and into the wide open Wyoming boondocks with family and friends. where is the best place in Wyoming to watch?