(photo by Kim Seng at http://www.CaptainKimo.com) Each month, our incredible SUP coaches, take a group out onto the South Florida Waterways. As the sun sets and the moon rises, those participating enjoy the beauty of South Florida and the glistening moonlit waters. However, NOTHING is as amazing as enjoying this with a supermoon. We will have three amazing opportunities to catch this phenomenon. The 2016 super moons will take place tonight, October 16th and also November 14th and December 14th.
The rare Hunter’s moon
This weekend, you might want to take a moment to look up at what promises to be a spectacular supermoon. If you do not jump on the tour (we have a few spots left), then make sure to head outside and enjoy what is known as a rare Hunter’s moon.
At its closest point this weekend, the full moon will be 222,365 miles from Earth — on average, it’s 238,855 miles away, according to National Geographic. It will also “appear 16 percent larger than average and nearly 30 percent larger than the year’s smallest full moon.”
This kicks off three straight months of supermoons — you can also catch them on Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.
The November moon is set to be a real show-stopper: According to NASA, it is “not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.” And it won’t be this close to Earth again until 2034.
Weather pending, our first superman tour will take place this evening.
Why is this called a hunter’s moon?
“That’s because in other months, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, while the October moon rises just 30 minutes later,” National Geographic explains. “That offers more light overall during a 24-hour day, which came in handy for traditional hunters.” Viewing will be at its best on Sunday, when the moon is both full and “at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth,” according to NASA. National Geographic advises that the best time to see it is as it rises on Sunday evening.
What is a supermoon?
NASA says the term supermoon simply means a “full moon that is closer to Earth than average.”
Want to know more?
Get your morning science lesson with this video: