Largest & brightest moon in 70 years this night
The full moon will appear bigger on Monday evening than it has over the past 68 years but a moon-and-star waltz on Tuesday night will provide a true spectacle in the sky.
Astronomers say Monday’s full moon will make its closest pass to the earth, making its disc appear larger than since January 1948, but the subtle difference in its size will not be easy to discern with just human eyes.
Full moon in Various cities around the World
A supermoon rises over Washington, DC November 13, 2016. The supermoon will venture to its closest point in 68 years, leaving only 221,524 miles (356,508 km) between Earth and the moon. / AFP PHOTO / Eva HAMBACH
People stroll along the Tagus riverside in Lisbon as the moon rises Sunday, Nov. 13 2016. The so-called Supermoon on Nov. 14, 2016, will be the closest a full moon will have been to Earth since 1948. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
A man stands on a balcony of a building of Madrid as the moon rises in background, on November 13, 2016, on the eve of a “supermoon”. On November 14, 2016, the moon will orbit closer to the earth than at any time since 1948, named a ‘supermoon’, it is defined by a Full or New moon coinciding with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN
The moon rises over an antenna on the top of a building in Madrid on November 13, 2016, on the eve of a “supermoon”. On November 14, 2016, the moon will orbit closer to the earth than at any time since 1948, named a ‘supermoon’, it is defined by a Full or New moon coinciding with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN
An aeroplane flies past the London Eye wheel, and moon, a day before the “supermoon” spectacle in London, Britain, November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The moon rises behind Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, Sunday evening, Nov. 13, 2016. On Monday the supermoon will be the closest full moon to earth since 1948, and it won’t be as close again until 2034. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
The moon rises near Glastonbury Tor a day before the “supermoon” spectacle, in Glastonbury, Britain November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
The moon is seen behind the Prussian eagle on top of the Brandenburg Gate on November 13, 2016 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Ralf Hirschberger / Germany OUT