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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

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.