I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.-Isaiah 45:12
On November 13-14. the heavens will declare the glory of God as the brightest and biggest supermoon will light up the skies! An “extra super supermoon” like this has not been seen in over seven decades! In fact, this supermoon will be the closest to earth that we have seen in all of the 21st Century!
According to NASA, a phenomenon such as this was last recorded on January 26,1948. The same year Israel became a nation. The next time we will see a celestial event like it, won’t be until November 25, 2034, so don’t miss it!
While supermoons happen quite frequently, this particular supermoon is extra super, and extra rare. Just how special is this super supermoon?
- Unlike a regular supermoon, this is a perigee-syzygy supermoon, with three, rather than two celestial events happening at the same time
- Because it is a perigee-syzygy supermoon, it will be brighter and bigger than other supermoons
- A supermoon like this has not happened for nearly 68 years
When can I see the Supermoon?
While most will be looking for the supermoon on November 14, Bruce McClure of EarthSky says that those living in America should start looking November 13, noting that the supermoon “will be just as big and bright, if not bigger and brighter.”
So – for all of us in the Americas – the moon is closest to being full and closest to Earth on the morning of November 14, not the evening. That means that – for all U.S. time zones, including Alaska and Hawaii – the supermoon falls closer to the night of November 13 than November 14. That’s especially true if you are a morning person and plan to observe the supermoon before dawn
On November 14, 2016, at 11:23 Universal Time (UTC), at 7:23 a.m. AST, 6:23 a.m. EST, 5:23 a.m. CST, 4:23 a.m. MST and 3:23 a.m. PST.
Hopefully you will have clear skies and no cloud covering to enjoy the beaming moon in all its fullness. Let’s just pray for good weather!
As another option, the Slooh Community Observatory will offer a live broadcast for November’s full moon on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on Nov. 14). You can also watch the supermoon live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.
What is a supermoon?
If you have ever looked up into the heavens and seen a moon so close it was as though you could touch it, chances are you have seen a supermoon. But in the world of supermoons, they are not all created equal. While all are beautiful, there are some that appear brighter, bigger and visually more stunning depending upon the moon’s proximity to the earth.
Astrologer Richard Nolle who is credited with coming up with the term “supermoon” defines it as “… a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”
There are supermoons, and then there are super supermoons. A supermoon or new moon is simply a way to describe a full moon at its closest point to the earth. We normally see perigee and apogee full moons, and they involve only two celestial convergences, a full moon and the earth. While the term ‘supermoon’ is used as blanket term to describe all supermoons, it is important to understand differences between the apogee, perigee and perigee- syzygy full moons.
Because the moon’s orbit is elliptical and not circular, there are points at which it is physically farther away from the Earth. When a full moon occurs during this time, it is known as an apogee full moon, NASA explains.
According to NASA, when the moon is at “perigee”, its shortest distance from the Earth is 226,000 miles away, and in space terms that literally means the moon and the earth are almost touching. This phenomenon causes the moon to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthermost point (apogee). The bottom picture shows the difference between an apogee full moon and a perigee full moon.
The supermoon we will witness on Nov 13-14 is the most stunning of them all, and is known scientifically as a perigee-syzygy supermoon. It is the rarest and the most stunning of all supermoons because it involves the convergence of three celestial bodies – a full moon, lunar perigee – and the Earth at perihelion, this combination is called a syzygy. (all those terms are explained in the above picture). In other words, when you add syzygy to perigee, it is describing the addition of the sun.
When we have all these celestial events coincide together, we have the glorious and awesome sight of a SUPER supermoon. or as NASA says, “an extra-supermoon.” An “extra-super supermoon” materializes when the moon becomes full on the same days as its perigee, or when the moon’s orbit is at its closest to the Earth’s surface.
If by chance a perigee- syzygy supermoon is viewed when it crests close to the horizon, it creates an even larger than normal illusion, called a “moon illusion.” The size of the moon literally dwarfs everything around it, and because the moon is closer to the earth, the moonlight casts an even brighter glow that stretches luminously over the surrounding area. It is truly one of the most breathtaking sights to gaze upon.
The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. -Psalm 97:6(KJV).
The chances of this type of supermoon happening is very rare! As you just read, we have not seen one like it in over seven decades ago! SO, the emphasis on SUPER, is no exaggeration! Most supermoons (full moons) occur when the moon is 90% closest to the earth,, November’s supermoon will be 30% closer and 14% bigger! .
This supermoon will mark three huge full moons in a row for 2016
What’s more is that 2016 closes with a trifecta of supermoons! Though they differ, this is also rare! October 16 and December 14, the moon becomes full on the same day as perigee. On November 14, it becomes full within about two hours of perigee—arguably making it an extra-super moon! (Source: NASA)
Just as November’s full moon is notable for being super large and bright, the December moon will have some pretty impressive features, too, Although it will not be as stunning, The December supermoon will be so bright, it will block out the out the view of the Geminid meteor shower.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: – Genesis 1:14 (KJV).
By now, you should understand why this is HUUUUUUUUUGE!
The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034 (Source: NASA)
Will the tides be larger?
The arrival of the November supermoon also means the potential rise of the “king tides.” When the moon is closer to Earth, it can cause slightly higher tides. As most of us already know, tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon to some extent by the sunsun. There is an even greater a risk of king tides during a perigee-syzygy supermoon because as the moon aligns with the sun, it causes an even stronger-than-usual gravitational pull on Earth’s oceans. There have already been warnings issued in Florida,and elsewhere. So if you are viewing the supermoon by the oceans, you definitely want to take precautions! .
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; Haggai 2:6 (KJV).
I don’t know about you, but I always get overly excited about these signs in the Heavens. Each time I look at such things, it reminds me of the awesome power of our Heavenly Father! It also, for a brief moment, makes me feel as though I am in his physical presence. Something so comforting to me, especially in these perilous times.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? -Psalm 8:3 (KJV).
As Christians, all heavenly events should be regarded as ways in which our Heavenly Father speaks to us. Some events are for prophetic reasons, while others remind us of the GLORY of our Heavenly Father.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. -Psalm 19:1-2 (KJV).
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. -Isaiah 40:26
And don’t forget to take pictures and share them! I would love to see them!
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And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke -Acts 2:19 (KJV).
Prophecy: “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ” Luke 21:11. 25 (KJV).
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them -Jeremiah 10:2 (KJV).
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.-Joel 2:30 (KJV).
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I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. -Isaiah 45:7 (KJV).
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.-Genesis 1:16 -18 (KJV).
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. – Hebrews 12:25-26 (KJV). :