Just before the largest supermoon in nearly 70 years rises early on Nov. 14, onlookers will have a stunning visual in the November night sky.
November’s supermoon will be the second of three to close out 2016, the first of which occurred on Oct. 16. The final will take place on Dec. 13.
The term supermoon has made its way into pop culture over the past few years to describe a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal.
While Nov. 14’s supermoon will be one of three to close out 2016, it will stand out from the rest as the largest one since 1948. It will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that falls on apogee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is farthest away from the Earth.
It may be hard to detect the difference in size, but if you see the moon when it is near the horizon, an illusion will occur that makes it look unusually larger.