super-moon-real-deal-comparisonThe November “supermoon” is extra close to Earth today  (Nov. 14), providing an extraordinary sight for skywatchers — but exactly what makes this month’s full moon so special?

November’s supermoon —a term used to describe a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — will be the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years. In fact, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

To help explain the science behind supermoons, and what makes the November supermoon particularly special, Space.com spoke with NASA’s Noah Petro, deputy scientist of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. Read More…