November's Full Beaver Moon to Shine Bright Tonight and Saturday

Full Moon Rises Over New York City

Full Moon Rises Over New York City

That's because the moon will be closer to the Earth than usual. Native Americans called the full moon of November the beaver moon, or the frost moon, or the hunter's moon.

They would use the light of the full moon to set traps for beavers in preparation for the cold winter ahead, and the name just stuck.

Tonight and tomorrow, skygazers will be able to see a moon brighter and larger than usual as it moves closer to Earth.

Lovers of nature will also be interested to hear that it's going to look about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the moon we're used to seeing. Why?

Friday night will likely be our best chance to view the moon, as clouds will block the view Saturday evening.

We were treated to the wonder of the Blood Moon only last month, and now it's time again to marvel at the next supermoon!


Tom Kerss, astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, said he expected it to be "a really handsome sight", adding that the best time to see it would be around midnight on Saturday when the moon is at its highest.

At some points, the moon is about 5 per cent closer to Earth than average, known as perigee, and at others 5 per cent further away, known as apogee.

According to Farmer's Almanac, the supermoon will peak at 5:23 a.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Due to the fact it does not orbit the sun in a ideal circle, instead moving in a slight oval, it can move closer or further to Earth depending on the point of its course.

The first supermoon of the year was visible on January 12, and the third will fall on December 3.

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