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3 November 2017, 13:07
This is definitely going to be worth a view.
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!
The Beaver Moon, or Frost Moon as it's also known, is set to happen this Saturday 4th November, and experts are saying the best time to see it at its brightest is 5.23am precisely.
As always, there's a logical reason to both the names - it tends to appear just as the first morning frost starts to appear on the ground, at the time of year when hunters would set animal traps before full-on winter came and froze the ground and rivers.
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? Because it's closer to the Earth than usual - just over 12,000 miles closer as it goes.
(If you ever hear anyone referring to a Perigee - it means that the moon is at its nearest point to Earth. Apogee is when it's at its furthest away. Use these words during moon chats for extra bonus points!)
Apparently the weather will be on our side for a good view, as Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples has said: “we get into much clearer skies as we go through Saturday evening and overnight...there is a good chance of catching a glimpse of it."
Whilst it will generally be visible from most areas, the best views will be in open spaces, like fields. Ensure that there are no tall buildings or landmarks obscuring your view, and try to avoid anywhere with major light pollution.
The next time we'll be treated to a supermoon is at the start of December (aptly named 'Cold Moon'), so if you don't want to wait until then, get your alarms set bright and early this Saturday morning, grab a coat and be on your way to an open space!
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