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Lucker Hall

Northumberland, England

Supermoon this November 2016

Posted by Luci Ackers on Nov 10, 2016
Supermoon this November 2016

Get ready for this month's supermoon!


Northumberland is the ideal place to view the supermoon this November 2016, with its wide skies and open spaces. Being not too far from the Kielder Forest Dark Sky Park (Europe's largest area of protected dark sky), it may be worth making the trip from Lucker to see the night's sky at its very best. Take a look at the website here.

Why so special?

As it's winter, the stars are rising earlier and shining brighter. Stargazing at this time of year, especially in such dark and quiet surroundings, is bound to be magical. But this November a spectacular supermoon will make stargazing opportunities all the more special.

On November 14th 2016 the moon will be closer to the earth than it has been in almost 70 years! The perigee is the point in the lunar cycle when the moon is at its closest to the earth, this month it's especially close, at 221,524 miles away, and the next time it is due to come this close again is not until 2034.

It just so happens that this moment is coinciding with November's full moon, meaning the moon may appear up to 30% brighter and 14% larger than a full moon otherwise might. The phrase 'supermoon' was coined in 1979 by the astrologer Richard Nolle and is defined as the instance when a 'new or full moon occurs while the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to earth'. The perigee always changes, but the closest the moon will ever be to earth during its orbit is around 221,300.

When to see it?

The moon actually reaches full phase during the day of the 14th so it may be an idea to keep a look out on both the night of the 13th and the 14th November. It'll be hard to miss, but to get the full effect, make your way to an open area with as little light pollution as possible.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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