What time is the Supermoon tonight 2016? United States, Australia, UK, world see biggest full moon in decades
Published 9:06 am Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tonight and Monday is the biggest, brightest Supermoon we have seen since 1948, if you can believe that. But, it’s true — so make sure to watch the full supermoon rise tonight.
It will be 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger and many have clear skies in the forecast so it will be good viewing. The November full moon is also called by some a beaver moon or a frost moon.
What time is the Supermoon tonight? What time is the Supermoon Monday night?
Good news — you don’t have to stay up late to watch tonight’s supermoon. The best time time to watch, see the November full supermoon is when the moon rises, shortly after sunset. In the central time zone, that means 4:47 p.m. Sunday evening and Monday evening for most people. But check weather.com to find your sunset time tonight and Monday and that’s when you need to start looking outside for the Supermoon — the biggest since 1948.
You can get the moon rise time for any city in the United States or the world here, so plug in your location and know the exact time the full supermoon will rise tonight.
If you want to see the exact moment it is closest to the earth you will want to watch at about 1 a.m. tonight (2 a.m. eastern time) when the moon comes within 221,523 miles (356,508 kilometers), according to NASA. That’s from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon.
And, it will be the biggest and brightest until the year 2034. So you will want to get pictures.
(See a live streaming of tonight’s full Supermoon beginning at 7 p.m. central in video here.)
Again, the November 2016 full moon will be be viewed around sunset and after on Sunday night (November 13, 2016) and Monday night (November 14, 2016).
From NASA: “The moon is a familiar sight in our sky, brightening dark nights and reminding us of space exploration, past and present. But the upcoming supermoon — on Monday, Nov. 14 — will be especially “super” because it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.
The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.
“The biggest and brightest moon for observers in the United States will be on Monday morning just before dawn. On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon is at perigee at 6:22 a.m. EST and “opposite” the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. EST (after moonset for most of the US).
“If you’re not an early riser, no worries. ‘I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,’ said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. ‘The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine. Since the moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset, or once it’s dark and the moon is a bit higher in the sky. You don’t have to stay up all night to see it, unless you really want to!’ “