If You Missed The Supermoon There's ANOTHER Chance To See It!

Superman November 14th 2016

By Holly Fishwick

In classic British style, heavy cloud cover frustrated stargazers who were pinning all their hopes on seeing the biggest and bright moon in 68 years! Nevertheless, photographers around the world managed to capture the fantastical event...check out the magical images!

What is a Supermoon?

A Supermoon is a special occurrence that basically means the moon is much closer to the Earth than it usually is. 

Why are people annoyed?

Unfortunately this time around wanna-be astronomers and night lovers were left hugely disappointed due to dense cloud cover across most of the UK. 

Typical British conditions left most people feeling cheesed off as their attempts to see the incredible spectacle were thwarted! 

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However, it wasn't all doom and gloom!

Photographers from around the world had much better luck and managed to capture gorgeous images of the moon as it appeared to be at its biggest and brightest for almost 70 years.

The Supermoon in Philadelphia | Picture: PA

The Supermoon in south-east London over the O2 Arena | Picture: PA

The Supermoon rises over a forest | Picture: PA

The Supermoon glows orange in Frankfurt, Germany | Picture: PA

Incredible videos were also captured on film and uploaded to Youtube:

If I missed the Supermoon, when can I see the next one?

Unfortunately if you miss the event, it isn't good news. The next really big one won't be along for another 18 years! So do your best to get outside during mid-November.

But don't fret too much, because there is in fact another chance later this year, when clearer skies are forecast over areas north of the M4.

There is another (albeit slightly smaller) Supermoon on 14 December 2016, but if you fail to see that you will have to wait until 25 November 2034, according to NASA.

Plus remember, there will be three other smaller Supermoons before 2016 is out, so don't worry too much! 

The moon hasn't been this close to the earth since 1948 and won't be again until 2034 - so for many people this will probably be the most amazing the moon will ever look during your lifetime. 

Why does a Supermoon happen?

The magical event happens because of the unusual egg-shaped orbit of the moon. One part of the moon's journey around the sun is is much closer (around 30,000 miles) to the earth and the rest of it. 

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What will this the Supermoon look like? 

Because of it's unusually close proximity to the Earth, the moon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than your typical full moon does. The incredible spectacle means the moon will look bigger than it has done at any point for the whole of the 21st century. 

When will the Supermoon appear?

The Supermoon was at its most brightest on November the 14th - but will continue to shine brightly all through mid-November!

Where can I best see the Supermoon? 

The moon will appear at its biggest when it is low-hanging and near the horizon. For that reason, it's best to get yourself up somewhere high up like a hill.