In Sight

The Supermoon Illuminates the World

Nature

The biggest and brightest full moon in nearly seven decades, the Nov. 14 supermoon illuminated the night sky, making its closest approach to Earth since 1948. Appearing 14 percent larger in diameter and 30 percent brighter than when it’s at its furthest distance from the Earth, the stunning spectacle was a sight to behold in many countries across the globe. On an average day, according to The New York Times, the moon is about 238,900 miles away from Earth, and on Nov. 13–14, it was about 221,524 miles away. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.

Queens, N.Y. Photo: Stan Honda.
Queens, N.Y. Photo: Stan Honda.
Everett, Mass. Photo: John Gravell.
Everett, Mass. Photo: John Gravell.
Redondo Beach, Calif. Photo: David McNew.
Redondo Beach, Calif. Photo: David McNew.

 

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