Did you happen to notice that moon has looked a little bit bigger the last couple nights? Well, you're not imagining things.
The next three months' full moons (10/15-16, 11/14 and 12/13-14) will be Supermoons, with tonight marking the night of the Hunter's Moon!
What's a Hunter's Moon?
In North America, the October full moon is also known as the Hunter's Moon because 20 less minutes between sunset and moonrise compared to other months makes for brighter conditions for hunters at the beginning of deer hunting season. Because this year's Hunter's Moon is also a Supermoon, hunters will have an extra bright October so all those deer better watch out!
What's a Supermoon?
A Supermoon occurs when the moon’s closest point to Earth (called a perigee) coincides with a full moon making the moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than average (right). Tonight and tomorrow's moon will appear 30% larger than the smallest full moon of the year (in April).
The best time to view a Supermoon? Well, this month, the perigeewill be at 7PM CST on October 16, when the full moon will be just 222,365 miles away.
The next three months' Supermoons will be at their fullest @:
October 15 - 11:23PM (moonrise @ 6:55PM)
November 14 - 4:42PM (View @ moonrise @ 6:04PM)
The moon will be 221,524 miles away from earth on November 14 @ ≈5AM. Closest perigee of the year!
December 14 - 6:06PM (moonrise @ 4:35PM)
The moon will be 222,739 miles away on December 12 @ ≈5PM so this one might not be as impressive as the last two months since it won't be fully full at it's closest position but is still considered Super!
National Geographic wants us to rest assure that there is no scientific evidence for any connection between a supermoon and natural disasters but says we should be weary of unusually high coastal flooding if there's a storm surge since tides are highest during full moons.