Supermoon Illuminates The Valley

Photos by Leland Lehman/

Supermoon Illuminates The Valley

Carol Clark

Sunday night the Valley was illuminated by an unusual phenomenon. The first supermoon in almost 70 years appears in the night sky. In fact, if you’re younger than 68 you have never witnessed this record-breaking supermoon in your lifetime. Monday morning, Nov. 14, the moon was the closest it has been to Earth since 1948. It appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average monthly full moon. The next supermoon is scheduled to appear Nov. 25, 2034.

A supermoon typically refers to the concurrence of two phenomena. One is when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest position to Earth in its orbit. Since the moon’s orbit is elliptical the moon during perigee is about 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the apogee. The other phenomenon is syzygy, which is when the Earth, sun and moon all line up as the moon orbits Earth. When both a perigee and syzygy occur and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun … a supermoon appears.

Source; wikipedia. Photos by Leland Lehman/