November 14 marks a very special lunar event. Tonight, the moon will be the closest it’s been to the Earth in nearly 69 years. Dubbed a “Supermoon,” or even a “Super-DuperMoon” by some, this extraordinary moon is currently full, and in perigee—its closest approach to Earth since Jan. 26, 1948. It will not orbit this close to our planet again until 2034. Typically, the moon encircles our beloved blue-green orb of ocean and land and oxygen and life at about 238,855 miles. Tonight, this illuminating lunar satellite will be approximately 221,524 miles away. Consequently, this super-close flyby will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the nighttime sky.
Rare 'Blood Moon' 'SuperMoon' Sept. 27 & 28 will be a full moon in perigee undergoing a total lunar eclipse, and will be blood-red, stoking fears of apocalyptic natural disasters.