On Monday November 14th at 13:52 GMT the moon will reach full phase at its closest point to the earth, thus making it appear considerably bigger and brighter. It will be at least another eighteen years before the moon is this close to the earth again.
NASA are calling this an extra-supermoon because it is the largest of three supermoons in three months (Oct, Nov and Dec) but also the largest and closest that the moon has been to the earth in the 21st century.
The moon will reach full phase at 08:52am EST, that’s 13:52 GMT, so head outside soon after Monday’s sunset for your chance to see the extra-supermoon. The best viewing conditions will be away from light pollution, in the countryside or even out at sea. Dust off your telescope for an even better sighting.
There is no better time for stargazing than when you’re at sea and many cruise lines can help you to get the most out of your starry eyed experience. The moons gravitational pull can have an effect on the tides, ask an onboard expert if you’re interested to know more.
If you want a little time out to marvel at the stars solo, there are several night sky and stargazing apps that you can download to your smart phone or tablet before you set off.
Supermoon fact – The supermoon is nicknamed the Beaver Moon because it signified the time to set beaver traps for Native American tribes collecting fur for the winter season.