by Ellalyn De Vera
A rare super moon will light up the night skies next Monday, November 14.
Full moons appear every month but next week’s full moon is ‘super’ in the sense that it will be closer to the time of perigee, making the moon appear brighter and bigger, said Dario dela Cruz, chief of the Space Sciences and Astronomy Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
Perigee is an astronomical term that identifies the nearest distance of the moon to the earth.
The full moon will be occurring at its perigee on November 14, thus it is called “super moon.”
Citing a report by the United States-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dela Cruz said the super moon next Monday is a record-breaking event because the distance between full moon and earth will be the closest since 1948 and will not be coming close to earth again until 2034.
Dela Cruz said the moon will be closest to earth at around 7:21 p.m. (local time) on November 14.
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