A forecast for clear skies throughout much of Bohemia is good news for watchers of the night skies tonight.
Because of the moon’s orbital path, its physical distance from the Earth changes throughout the years. And today, November 14, the moon is closest to the Earth since 1948.
The moon was actually closest to the Earth at around noon today; the best chance to see it in prime proximity from the Czech Republic will be early tonight.
The moon will appear to be 15% brighter and 7% larger than normal, though untrained eyes will barely be able to tell the difference.
Astronomers recommend checking out the moon early in the night, as the sun is setting and illumination is at a peak. The closer the moon is to the horizon, the nearer it appears.
November’s full moon is also referred to as a ‘Beaver Moon,’ named for the time of year when hunters would set traps to ensure a full supply of animal furs before waters froze over.
NASA, who calls the event “undeniably beautiful,” has published some prime tips for supermoon photographers on their website, which include shooting the moon behind Earthbound objects for size comparison.
If you happen to miss tonight’s supermoon, the moon won’t be this close to the Earth again until November 25, 2034.