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Moon poised to make nearest pass of earth since 1948

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By Everton Gayle
Moon poised to make nearest pass of earth since 1948

<p>Stargazers are poised to see the moon as it has rarely been seen. The night of November 14th will see earth’s satellite make its closest approach in the 21st century.</p> <p>It is the nearest it has been to earth since 1948. The next time it sweeps this close will be in November 2034.</p> <h3>Why so super?<h3> <p>The moon’s orbit is elliptical, leaving one side (perigee) 30,000 miles closer to earth than the other (apogee), <a href="https://science.nasa.gov/news-articles/2016-ends-with-three-supermoons">according to <span class="caps">NASA</span></a>. </p> <p>When the earth, sun and moon line up as the moon orbits the planet it’s called syzygy. </p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/euronews/albums/72157674653259881" title="Supermoon"><img src="https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5761/30755187575_0c7f117154.jpg" width="500" height="342" alt="Supermoon"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a perigee moon or more commonly, a supermoon.</p> <p>A supermoon can be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal. </p> <p>This year will see three such occurences. The last was October 16 and the next December 14. But November’s showing is poised to be the most spectacular. </p> <h3>Send us your Supermoon photos</h3> <p>We’d love to see your pictures of the Supermoon – please email them to witness@euronews.com</p>