A Supermoon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth. When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Supermoon is also known as a Perigee Moon. The November 2016 Supermoon will be the closest approach to the Earth so far during the 21st Century.
When does the Supermoon begin?
The November 2016 Supermoon begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast at 5:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
The Moon will be at its fullest (99.6% full) the following morning at 8:52 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, November 14, 2016. However, the Moon will set two hours beforehand at 6:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
When is the best time to watch the Supermoon?
Low-hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans. So the Supermoon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the Florida east coast:
During and just after the moonrise at 5:11 p.m. on November 13.
Just before and during the moonset at 6:35 a.m. on November 14.
During and just after the moonrise at 6:02 p.m. on November 14.
Will The Supermoon Cause Higher Tides? Yes. The Supermoon will cause higher than normal tides. For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Supermoon rise over the ocean, this Full Moon brings along with it a nearly 5-foot high tide during the moonrises and moonset. Why is November’s Full Moon Called a Beaver Moon? A Full Moon in November has seasonal names such as a “Beaver’s Moon” or “Frosty Moon” to indicate that it was the last time to catch Beavers for their fur as winter approaches. Photo and video credit: NASA