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November's Supermoon Is Closest Since 1948: 5 Surprising Facts

November's Supermoon Is Closest Since 1948: 5 Surprising Facts

Elizabeth Howell | Space.com

The "supermoon" of Nov. 14 — dubbed the "Beaver Moon" because it falls at a time of year when American settlers trapped beavers ahead of the winter — will be the biggest full moon observers have seen in the sky since 1948.

A supermoon results when the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite's elliptical orbit, causing the object to look somewhat bigger and brighter in the sky than usual. The Slooh Community Observatory will offer a live broadcast for November's full moon on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on Nov. 14). You can also watch the supermoon live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. [Closest Supermoon Since 1948: When, Where & How to See It]

Here are five surprising facts about the Nov. 14 supermoon: 

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