The moon that we will be seeing in the months of October, November and December will be the largest because it is occurring when it is at its closest distance to the Earth. This is what you have been hearing people call the Supermoon.
On Monday November 14th at 8:52 a.m. EST, we saw the full Beaver Moon. To the casual observer, this moon appeared full on the day before. This was the second of the three consecutive supermoons for 2016.
So, when is the other largest moon expected? After having observed that, the next time to look forward for such a beautiful phenomena will be on 25th November 2037.
How does a full moon form?
For a full moon to form, the Sun, Earth and Moon must be in a line, with the moon occurring on the Earth’s side, opposite to the sun. The effect of this is that the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky.
The name Beaver Moon for the November moons is adopted from the fact that they happen at a time when hunters set traps before the waters froze over, to ensure they had enough warm furs for the winter.
The Beaver Moon comes after the October Hunter’s Moon and the September Harvest Moon. All of these are named based on changes in seasons.
If you missed the November Full moon, do not lose hope – a new moon is expected on December 13th at 7.05 p.m. EST (0005 GMT on Dec 14th).
NASA officials released a statement in which they said that “The supermoon of December 14 is remarkable for a different reason: It’s going to wipe out the view of the Geminid meteor shower.”