November's Full Beaver Moon to Shine Bright Tonight and Saturday

November's full Beaver Moon will shine bright overnight tonight and early Saturday (Nov. 3 and 4), a day before the moon reaches perigee, its closest distance to Earth each month. 

While the moon has appeared full to the casual observer since Thursday night (Nov. 2), it will actually reach its fullest in the wee hours of Saturday. [November Full Moon Guide 2017: What to Expect]

In New York City, the full moon occurs Saturday at 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT). It will rise today at 5:57 p.m. EDT. Moonset will occur Saturday morning at 7:40 a.m. EDT, according to

The sun rises at 7:30 a.m. EDT in New York on Saturday. If you live in the city and your horizon is flat — rooftops in Queens or Brooklyn and tall buildings are good vantage points — both the full moon and the sun will share the sky.

A brilliant full moon shines over Earth in this NASA file photo taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station in 2005. The November 2017 full moon occurs Saturday (Nov. 4) at 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT). (Image credit: NASA)

November's full moon is an almost-supermoon because when it reaches fullness it will be 226,179 miles (364,004 kilometers) from Earth. When the moon reaches perigee on Sunday (Nov. 5) at 7:11 p.m. (1111 GMT), it will be slightly closer: 224,587 miles (361,438 km) away.

Since it is getting closer to winter, the moon will generally appear higher in the sky than it does in the summer for Northern Hemisphere skywatchers. As midnight approaches, the moon is nearly 60 degrees above the southern horizon, high enough to clear most buildings, even in skyscraper-heavy cities.

The bright moon will be in the constellation Cetus (The Whale), whose stars tend to be faint; even in a dark-sky location the whale would get washed out. The brightest nearby constellation is Taurus (The Bull), and only the very brightest stars (such as Aldebaran) can be easily picked out.

The only naked-eye planet that is up in New York with the moon will be Saturn, which stays low and sets at 8:16 p.m. local time. As the moon rises, Saturn will be 19 degrees above the southwestern horizon.

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