If you look at the sky on 14 November, you will find it hard to miss the full moon. It is indeed set to be the supermoon of all supermoons – the biggest supermoon in seven decades – as it will come closer to Earth as it has ever been since 1948.
The term supermoon is used to describe a full moon that is nearer than average to Earth as it orbits the planet. Nasa defines it as a full moon that is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The biggest supermoons can be seen as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons.
If gazing at the night sky is not enough for you, you might want to stare at the supermoon through Sloohs potent community telescopes.
A live broadcast will indeed be held to celebrate Novembers full moon - also referred to as a Beaver moon.
Astronomy experts will come together on 14 November at 12:00 AM UK time to talk about supermoons, when and why they occur, and what is so special about this one.
You can join the conversation and look at beautiful views of the full moon live online on Sloohs website or directly below.
Why Beaver Moon?
Every year, the November full moon is referred to as Beaver Moon – supermoon or not. Each months, ancient tribes of native Americans gave names to the full moon that reflected changes happening in their natural environment.
Moon cycles were followed closely by these populations to keep track of the passing of time, with every full moon marking a particular moment in the year – and a particular change in nature.
The Farmers Almanac, a North American periodical published since 1818, lists all the names of the different full moons, as they were known by the Algonquin tribe who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior. The denomination Beaver Moon comes from the fact that November was the time of the year to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.