Don't Miss The Remaining "Supermoons" Of 2016 - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

Don't Miss The Remaining "Supermoons" Of 2016

Posted: Updated:
Associated Press Associated Press

Missed this past weekend’s spectacular supermoon views? Don’t despair, as there are two more supermoons on the horizon before the end of 2016. 

The “supermoon” is a relatively modern concept, commonly referring to a new or full moon that is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Most recently, it’s evolved to refer more broadly to a full moon that is closer to Earth than average, according to NASA.

More specifically, remember that the moon’s orbit is elliptical -- meaning that one side is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other. When the Earth, moon and sun line up as the moon orbits Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, those conditions produce a supermoon, NASA says.  

There are two more chances to witness the spectacle this calendar year: Nov. 14 and Dec. 14. 

Both dates are notable for different reasons.  

Dec. 14’s supermoon will obscure views of the normally impressive Geminid meteor shower, “transforming the usually fantastic Geminids into an astronomical footnote,” NASA says. 

Nov. 14’s supermoon is the closest full moon to date in this century, making it the real headliner of this year. The full moon won’t come this close to our planet until 2034, according to NASA. 

A supermoon can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon, though sometimes that difference is hard to detect when the moon is masked by clouds or light pollution.  

© 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Man Firing Into Toronto Cafes Shoots 14, Killing 2

    Man Firing Into Toronto Cafes Shoots 14, Killing 2

    A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police. Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive, though officials did not immediately identify the attacker, other than to say he was 29 years old. Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray said early Monday that a second victim had died, though there were no further details. Saunders earlier said th...More >>
    A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police. Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive, though officials did not immediately identify the attacker, other than to say he was 29 years old. Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray said early Monday that a second victim had died, though there were no further details. Saunders earlier said th...More >>
  • Cannabis Advocates Rally At State Capitol

    Cannabis Advocates Rally At State Capitol

    Demonstrators took to the Capitol Sunday to protest the State Department of Health’s regulations over medical marijuana.

    More >>

    Demonstrators took to the Capitol Sunday to protest the State Department of Health’s regulations over medical marijuana.

    More >>

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.