There's still time to catch the supermoon

USA TODAY - This is one moon you might want to watch out for.

It was large and bright last night and you can catch the supermoon, which won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034, again tonight when it will brighten the night sky.

The November full moon is not only the closest full moon of 2016, NASA said, but also the closest full moon since 1948.

The exact moment of the full moon is the morning of Nov. 14 at 6:52 a.m. MST, according to Space.com

The moon will reach perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for this month – within about 90 minutes of that time. EarthSky said.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than it typically is, and the effect is most noticeable when it occurs around the same time as a full moon.

It can appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual, according to NASA.

The word supermoon was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle, AccuWeather's Mark Paquette says. Nolle used the term to describe a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth.

Instead of a supermoon, astronomy site Slooh.com is calling it a "mega beaver moon," which includes the moon's folklore name for November.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the November moon was named the beaver moon partly because, “for both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.”

Contributing: Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY

Follow @MaryBowerman on Twitter. Follow Doyle Rice at @USATODAYWeather. 

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