If you saw the collective social media freakout over Sunday night’s supermoon but couldn’t actually catch a glimpse, here’s some good news: Monday night’s full moon is actually going to be even better.
Space.com notes that the supermoon on display tonight, November 14th, will be at the peak of its full phase, and since the moon is closer to the Earth than any time since 1948, the view will be spectacular. Sunday night’s moon might have appeared full to those glimpsing it with the naked eye, but Monday’s visit will be the real deal.
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Supermoons arrive whenever the moon reaches its closest point to Earth, but because the Earth and moon are in an elliptical dance, it’s only once in a great while that we get to see our closest galactic neighbor as up close and personal as we can this month.
Combine the slim probability of a supermoon with the random chance that weather will cooperate enough for you to actually view it, and you’re left with some pretty astronomical odds of seeing one. The next time the moon is slated to come this close to Earth will be in November of 2034, according to NASA. In short, if you have the opportunity to catch it tonight, you should take it.
If you’re looking at a cloudy sky or are stuck inside tonight for whatever reason, you can still enjoy the rare event thanks to the Slooh Community Observatory, which will be hosting a viewing of the supermoon tonight and live streaming the entire thing.