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Supermoon Illuminates Sky Over Los Alamos

on November 13, 2016 - 9:39pm

There is an amazing spectacle in the sky tonight as the first supermoon in almost 70 years appears. In fact, if you’re younger than 68 you have never witnessed this record-breaking supermoon in your lifetime. Tomorrow morning, Nov. 14, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948. It will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average monthly full moon. The next supermoon is scheduled to appear Nov. 25, 2034. A supermoon typically refers to the concurrence of two phenomena. One is when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest position to Earth in its orbit. Since the moon’s orbit is elliptical the moon during perigee is about 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the apogee. The other phenomenon is syzygy, which is when the Earth, sun and moon all line up as the moon orbits Earth. When both a perigee and syzygy occur and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun ... a supermoon appears. Source; wikipedia. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/