The Closest Supermoon Full Moon Since 1948: How to See It Online

A "supermoon" full moon rises over the U.S. Capitol Building in this NASA photo captured on July 31, 2015. The closest supermoon full moon since 1948 will rise on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
A "supermoon" full moon rises over the U.S. Capitol Building in this NASA photo captured on July 31, 2015. The closest supermoon full moon since 1948 will rise on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

November's full moon on Monday (Nov. 14) will be the biggest and brightest one since 1948, making it a great time to get outside and marvel at the lunar sight for stargazers around the world. But if it happens to be cloudy in your area, don't despair. You can still watch the so-called "supermoon" online in several live webcasts, starting tonight (Nov. 13).

The Full Beaver Moon of November is called the supermoon because the full phase is taking place at the moon's closest point in its orbit around the Earth, also called the perigee. NASA says the moon will appear slightly larger than a typical full moon, at about 15 percent larger. The moon won't look this large again until 2034. [Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It

A comparison of the Moon at perigee (its closest to Earth, at left) and at apogee (its farthest from us). The change in distance makes the full Moon look 14% larger at perigee than at apogee. and nearly 30% brighter. (Image credit: Sky and Telescope, Laurent Laveder)

Supermoons can appear 30 percent brighter and up to 14 percent larger than typical full moons. Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this infographic. (Image credit: Karl Tate/

The first webcast here is from astronomy broadcasting service Slooh, which will start Sunday (Nov. 13) at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT Monday, Nov. 14). You can also watch the supermoon live on, courtesy of Slooh. The show will take place live from Slooh's flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, where Slooh has telescopes operated by members.

During the broadcast, Slooh's chief astronomical officer Paul Cox and Bob Berman, astronomy editor for The Old Farmer's Almanac, will talk about how the full moon grows and shrinks throughout the year. Later, Janice Stillman -- the editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac -- will discuss history and folklore concerning the November full moon from Native American tribes and early American colonists.

Viewers can take part by commenting on @Slooh on Twitter, on a Facebook live video, or on a live chat on

A second livestream will show the moon live from Baraket Observatory's dome in Israel, where the supermoon will rise above the Judaean Mountains. That broadcast will start 9:50 a.m. EST (1450 GMT) on Monday (Nov. 14).

The supermoon will also be broadcast live from Italy through the Virtual Telescope Project. Starting Monday at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT), Gianluca Masi will show the moon rising above the skyline of Rome.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: