Supermoon shines in the sky.

SEEING BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURES AT MUSEUMS LIKE THE AKRON MUSEUM OF
ART IS A REAL TREAT, BUT SOMETIMES THE NATURAL WORLD CREATES SOME
AWE-INSPIRING MASTERPIECES IF YOU KNOW WHERE -- AND WHEN -- TO
LOOK. IF YOU KEPT YOUR HEAD UP EARLIER THIS WEEK, YOU MIGHT HAVE
WITNESSED A SPECTACULAR MOON NEARLY 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING.
HERE TO EXPLAIN - IS IDEASTREAM’S STEPHANIE JARVIS.

Earlier this week, stargazers saw the moon like it hasn't been seen in nearly
seventy years.

The phenomenon called the supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on
the same day its orbit is closest to the earth.

Because the moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape, sometimes it is closer to our
planet than at other times.

When the moon is furthest from the Earth it is described by astronomers as being
in the apogee (APP-A-JEE) stage. When it is closest, this is the moon’s perigee
(PEH-RA-JEE).

A perigee stage supermoon appears about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent
brighter than an apogee full moon…resulting in a ridiculously large and bright
moon that is super-rare. As in...hasn't been this big and bright since 1948 and
won't be again...officials say...until the year 2034.

According to astronomers, the moon turned full exactly at 8-52 Monday morning,
but has been pretty darn super for a few days...

Lunar lookie-loos have posted pics from all over the globe.
We hope you got a good look, because this supermoon has already moon-walked
into the history books!

Instructional Links

Video: KQED, Quest Quiz, The Moon 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcqEy9lBlEs

Website Article: NASA, November Supermoon a Spectacular Sight 

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/novembers-spectacular-supermoon

Website Article & Diagram: DOGO News , November's Supermoon Will Be The Largest Since 1948

https://www.dogonews.com/2016/11/9/novembers-supermoon-will-be-the-largest-since-1948

Website Article: Time and Date, Moon, Lunar Perigee and Apogee

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

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