Monday, November 14, 2016


Report on the supermoon made people wait for this phenomenon to take place on the evening of November 14, 2016. At first, they were however not sure to see the night spectacle considering that the month of November in the Philippines  is full of rains, dark cloudy skies and typhoons that might obstruct their view of the moon. Fortunately for those who were expecting to see the moon on that date the weather turned out to be fine early in the evening with the moon shining brightly. However, at past 9 pm some dark clouds appeared in the sky that intermittently blocked the sight of the moon.

What made the phenomenon worth watching was that the moon on that date was the closest to the earth in 68 years or nearly 7 decades. The last supermoon before this one occurred in 1948.This event won’t happen again until 2034. As expected, the moon reached the closest point to the earth at about 7:21 pm or two hours and 31 minutes before going full moon at 9:52 pm. In that evening the proximity of the moon to the earth made it seem larger in apparent diameter than a moon seen on ordinary evenings. A super moon can be seen 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon that shows when it is farthest to earth according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).However, untrained eyes, most probably won’t be able to make much distinction in size and luminosity between a supermoon and an ordinary moon. The people in my place were glad to have seen the rare celestial occurrence that is the supermoon.