This month’s supermoon will be the largest since 1948.
When we look up into the night sky tonight we will be certain not to miss the moon. It will be 14% larger and 30% brighter than the usual moon. What makes the supermoon so big? It happens as the moon becomes full at the same time it is closest to earth (perigee). This November the full moon will be full within two hours of perigee. An “extra-super moon”. For those of us in the Americas and the Carribean, the best view of this “extra-super moon” will be on November 13.
For those of us on the West Coast, viewing will be best in the wee morning hours of November 14. So those of us on the road before sunrise will be in for a real treat as we head into work. 🙂
December 14th will bring the 3rd and final supermoon for 2016. Along with it, a Geminid meteor shower.
For the yogis of us, these cosmic events will certainly inspire moon salutations (Chandra namaskar). Also, they remind us to stop and reflect. As we practice, it’s a good time to draw our focus into calming our minds and bodies; of letting go of the year’s trials, and those things which no longer serve us. It is a good time to renew our commitment to loving our friends and families as we enter into the holiday season.
All of us, no matter who we are, no matter where we are, will see the same moon. Those we love, those who love us, are connected by this rare moon sighting. So when you look up remember there is someone out there who loves you and they too are looking at the same moon. We may feel alone but we are not.