If the weather holds up, keep an eye on the moon Monday night/Tuesday morning.
You’ll be seeing the last of three supermoons in a row. The first two occurred in Hawaii on the nights of August 29 and September 27. Tonight will be the final one for 2015.
According to the Bishop Museum, the moon is officially full at 12:05 a.m. on October 27. At this time, there will be a straight line between the sun, earth, and moon.
The scientific name for the phenomenon is called “perigee moon,” which refers to the path the moon follows around Earth.
Because of this path, the moon will be a little closer to earth on this night than average for a full moon. This means the moon will appear to be a little bigger than the norm.
While the moon can be somewhat bigger and brighter due to its proximity, don’t expect an earth-shattering visual. Brightness can easily be masked by clouds and haze, scientists say.
What may be more impressive is a supermoon that’s close to the horizon.
Also known as a “moon illusion,” low-hanging moons can look unnaturally large and should be even larger during a supermoon. NASA says scientists and psychologists can’t explain exactly how or why the illusion occurs.
Tonight’s supermoon is known as the Hunter’s Moon. It is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon and the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
“With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the fox as well as the other animals that have come out to glean – all of which can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.” – Space.com