Biggest Full Moon In Almost 70 Years Coming To Your Sky Nov.14th

Here is some news that we can all agree will be most awesome.

On Monday, Nov. 14th, there’s going to be a full Moon–the biggest and brightest in almost 70 years. The best time to look in North America is before sunrise on Monday morning, while in Europe the best time is after sunset on the same day.

“The last time we had such a close full Moon was January 26, 1948,” says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, “and it won’t happen again until November 25, 2034.”

Full moons vary in size because the Moon’s orbit is not a circle, it’s an ellipse: diagram. One side of the Moon’s orbit, called “perigee,” is 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other side, “apogee.” This Monday’s “supermoon” becomes full about 2 hours away from perigee, a coincidence that makes it as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons we have seen in the past.

But will we be able to tell the difference … just by looking?  A 30% difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the glare of urban lights.  Also, there are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters. Hanging high overhead with no reference points to provide a sense of scale, one full Moon looks much like any other.

“I think that the hype over the term ‘supermoon’ is a bit overblown,” says Chester.  “In my book every full Moon has something to offer!”

To get the most out of Monday’s apparition, try to catch the Moon just as it is rising or setting. This will activate the Moon Illusion and make the perigee Moon of Nov. 14th look super, indeed.

Fear And Dread In Donald Trump’s America

I see this type of story playing out in my neighborhood.  This is real and painful for all.

On election night, Selena, a student at Cal State, Los Angeles, in predominantly Hispanic East L.A., went to bed crying, and when she woke up the next day she was still in tears. She came to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was two; now twenty-two, she has cobbled together the money for her education through under-the-table jobs and with help from the California DREAM Act, which provides tuition assistance for students without papers. For the past several years, Selena has had DACA, allowing her to work legitimately at a nonprofit that supports dropout prevention. Eliminating DACA is one of the more readily attainable of Trump’s anti-immigrant pledges. It is also one of the most bizarrely punitive, targeting students, high-school graduates, G.E.D. holders, and veterans who came to the United States under the age of sixteen. Like Selena, many of them migrated with their parents, and have younger siblings born in this country. Should Trump get rid of DACA, she told me, “that’s pretty much it for me. I will lose what I had and I would be back to zero. If ICE”—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—“were to come, they could take me.”