The Super-Duper Moon of November 14, 2016

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This illustration from NASA might clear it up, scientifically.

The moon turns precisely full on November 14, 2016 at 13:52 UTC. That will be at 8:52 AM my time, however the night before will have to do for me in the Midwest.

This is the second in a triad of super moons this year. Last October’s Hunter’s moon was super, and December’s Cold moon will be super also. However, this November’s Beaver moon will be SUPER DUPER! Why? Because the moon will become full within two hours of the perigee, much closer than the other two.

Because the moon’s orbit is elliptical, one side is about 30,000 miles closer (perigee) to the Earth than the other (apogee). When the Earth, Sun and Moon align, it’s called syzygy. Before super moon, these alignments were called, perigee-syzygy moons, however that just doesn’t roll off the tongue so well!

Sadly, there won’t be a super moon in 2017 because the full moon and perigee won’t realign again until January 2, 2018.

Because the moon has recurring cycles, we can count on the full moon and perigee to come in concert in periods of about one year, one month and 18 days. Here is a well done chart that identifies super moons of the future. If all holds true to the schedule, I’ll see a super moon on my birthday January 7, 2080.

Now if astrology is your thang, the super moon in Taurus and the Sun in Scorpio, brings about grounding and sloughing off what you don’t need. This mix also brings about decision making capabilities that can help you make a change that will make your heart happy. Hmmm, are the stars trying to tell me something?

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

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