Have you been experiencing MADness today? Did you hear anyone cover up their crazy behaviour with “Must-have-been-a-full-moon” phrase?
The moon has been shrouded in myths and legends for thousands of years from werewolves to induced lunacy to epileptic seizures. There are many who believe in the “Mad myth” that a full moon can drive a person crazy or cause natural disaster or increase criminal activities. But hey! That’s just forklore.
Every full moon is a spectacular sight, if skies are clear. But November’s full moon is far from ordinary. It will be the closest full moon since 1948, and we won’t see another full moon this close again until 2034, according to NASA. The biggest full moon of the year will rise this Monday (November 14) as Earth’s only satellite swings into its perigee, or closest approach to Earth. This so-called “Supermoon” will appear extra big and extra bright.
So what is this Supermoon? The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it’s closer to the earth and sometimes farther away.When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. The point when the earth and the moon are closest is known as the perigree. The moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee(when the moon is farthest from our planet). Since the moon appears so larger it shines almost 30% more moonlight onto the earth. This is actually the second of three supermoons in a row, so if the clouds don’t cooperate for you this weekend, you will have another chance next month to see the last supermoon of 2016 on Dec. 14, according to NASA.
But but but, if you go online and search the date and time for the supermoon you’ll find copious sites with different times. So our very own MAD rcmmsites did it for ya!
DATE:- November 14, 2016
Just between you and me, I’ve heard rumors that the very thought of the supermoon drove the Americans and our PM crazy. 😉
– Rtr. Anishka Chaudhari