‘Supermoon’ to step onto Osoyoos stage late Monday afternoon

If you love the night sky — and Mother Nature cooperates — this Monday has a real treat in store for you.

An expected “Supermoon” will be the biggest full moon visible from Earth since 1948.

For many people, that’s a lifetime.

The Supermoon — which is a result of the Earth being at its closest point to the Earth along its elliptical orbit and Earth almost directly between the sun and moon — will appear bigger and brighter in the sky than usual.

How much bigger?

Astronomers say between 15 and 16 percent bigger — an amount that won’t appear like much to the naked eye but should put a little startle to your experience if you’re using binoculars or a telescope.

The moon will rise to the east-northeast of Osoyoos at 5:02 p.m.

If you plan to be on the Coast on Monday, watch for tides that are slightly larger than usual.

That’s because when the Earth, moon and sun are all aligned with each other, the gravitational tugs of the latter two objects act in concert on Earth’s oceans.

Monday’s Supermoon is actually one of three in 2016. One passed in October, but another follows on December 13.

According to NASA, the next full moon that will look this big won’t occur until Nov. 25, 2034.


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