back to article 'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

The Moon will looks a little bigger than usual next week, because it will be rather closer to Earth than usual – so close NASA says Monday, November 14th will be an “extra-supermoon” event. “Supermoons” occur when the new or full moon coincides with Luna's closest approach to Earth, although the term also gets used whenever …

  1. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Coat

    So it's bound to be cloudy then.

    And possibly raining or snowing as well.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

      Possibility ???

      Its a certainty...

      1. EddieD

        Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

        Yep, just checked Wunderground, overcast predicted...

        I really should move somewhere warm...but given my lifestyle, I'll end up somewhere very warm, finally.

    2. IsJustabloke
      Trollface

      Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

      "And possibly raining or snowing as well."

      Only in the grim north though

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

      Hahaha. If you can put up with 45 degrees C in summer and bat shit crazy politics, this time of year is pretty sweet.

      https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USAZ0166:1:US

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So it's bound to be cloudy then.

        So, I do hate to say it but "I told you so".

        In the NW we haven't seen sun for well over a week now.

  2. arctic_haze

    That's no moon… It's a space station!

    Disney should think of a way to make the Moon look like the Death Star for the Rogue One movie premiere.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

      A very, very powerful projector...

      1. IDoNotThinkSo

        Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

        Obligatory:

        https://what-if.xkcd.com/13/

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

        "A very, very powerful projector..."

        Could work with a New Moon but at Full Moon your projector would have to outshine Sol.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

          In "The Man Who Sold The Moon", Heinlein suggests it's possible to spray very fine carbon black across vast stretches of the Moon's surface from low orbit, essentially 'tagging' it with dark markings easily visible from Earth. I always wondered if that's feasible.

          1. Captain DaFt

            Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

            "spray very fine carbon black across vast stretches of the Moon's surface from low orbit, essentially 'tagging' it with dark markings easily visible from Earth."

            The problem with that is that the Moon already has a very low albedo, about equal to coal.

            The reason it looks so bright is that it's against the background of space, which reflects no light, and looks very, very dark, making the little light the Moon reflects look bright.

            Now if you were to use something with a higher albedo, like silica dust, that would work,

            Titanium white powder would really, really work, as it'd reflect so much light, it'd probably drown out the Moon's natural surface light!

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

              Silica would work? There's plenty of that! What shall we write?

              1. Boring Bob

                Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

                Could draw a man's face.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

      Those aren't pillows!

  3. frank ly

    How about "Hypermoon"

    That's what I've put in my calendar for that day.

    1. Ralph the Wonder Llama
      Happy

      Re: How about "Hypermoon"

      I was thinking "Super-duper Moon". But yes, it will be cloudy and snowing.

      1. lglethal Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: How about "Hypermoon"

        Maybe a "Ludicrous-Moon"???

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Mushroom

      Re: How about "Hypermoon"

      It's only a small step from hypermoon to small explosion on Moonbase Alpha - and look what happened then.

      Some people in silver jumpsuits got very lost, but nobody worries about what happens to everyone left on Earth.

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  4. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Its just a big moon.

    When its near the horizon it may look bigger than normal but then viewing conditions are shit. When its well above the horizon the only way you can tell its bigger than normal is with a graticule or something.

    And anyway at a full moon there are no shadows so even through a scope most things look pretty flat. So hypermoon is probably the best moniker.

    It was near a half moon last night and the dark/light edge looked spectacular when the clouds weren't hiding it.

    1. David Harper 1

      Re: Its just a big moon.

      "It was near a half moon last night and the dark/light edge looked spectacular when the clouds weren't hiding it."

      The technical name for the dark/light edge is "terminator", and it's even more spectacular when viewed through a telescope or binoculars because that's where the Sun is just rising, so the shadows are very long, which highlights the lunar relief. If you know when and where to look, you can see the eastern edges of craters in brilliant sunlight whilst the interior of the crater is still in darkness.

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: Its just a big moon.

        I was waving my 16" Dob at it. Didnt use term 'terminator' as everyone seems scared enuf already!

        1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

          Re: Its just a big moon.

          Thank goodness I know what a 'Dob' is because I'm already scared enough as it is.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Its just a big moon.

      You might notice a *slight* difference. Here's what the Extra-Supermoon will look like in the sky.

      Honest.

      1. David Harper 1

        Re: Its just a big moon.

        Several billion years ago, the Moon was actually much closer to the Earth, although not quite *that* close. Our earliest distant ancestors would have seen spectacular moonrises, except that, being bacteria, they didn't have eyes.

  5. JimmyPage Silver badge
    Stop

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/02/xmas_list_suggestions/

    that's all

  6. Pete 2

    Here's one I prepared earlier

    > If you get some nice snaps on the night, do write to The Register and we'll publish any especially pretty pics.

    Ummm, a photo won't show any difference between a "supermoon" (merely appearing a little larger) and a normal full moon.

    1. Little Mouse

      Re: Here's one I prepared earlier

      Viz Top Tip:

      When taking your photo, hold up a ruler, or maybe a 50p piece, to give an idea of scale.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Here's one I prepared earlier

        That only works if you have a standard arm.

  7. Esme

    Why the fuss?

    I've been into astronomy for donkey's years (oh, ok: since 1968) and it's only in the last few years I've heard this 'supermoon' term, or seen the fact that the full moon will look very slightly larger than average treated as a newsworthy item. It's not a rare event - these things happen periodically and predictably and reasonably frequently, so why the fuss?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge
      Coat

      Because now the Twitterati have taken notice.

      After looking up from their keyboard for once.

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Why the fuss?

      We'll all notice when the Moon hears of this, and starts wearing its red pants and blue spandex suit with the big S on the front.

  8. Mike Richards

    The person who coined 'supermoon'

    Has a special place up against the wall - right next to the one who came up with 'super volcano'.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Happy

      Re: The person who coined 'supermoon'

      What about the Super Furry Animals?

      1. harmjschoonhoven
        Thumb Up

        Re: What about the Super Furry Animals?

        The Woolly Mammoth?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A nice way for God to celebrate Trump's victory

    Yuge Moon On Monday.

    1. Denarius Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: A nice way for God to celebrate Trump's victory

      by mooning us ?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    M o o n that spells moon.

    How close are we talking here? Will I be able to see the mice?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Tom, is that you?

      -Nick A

  11. DropBear
    Trollface

    "...across 356,509 km of space"

    Wait, now I'm confused... is that from my city limits or the center?

    1. Youngone

      @# DropBear

      It's from over here. Must be further away from where you are.

  12. PNGuinn
    Joke

    Tourist sapce travel?

    How long before someone with a large spray can of aluminium paint sprays a b***dy big d**k large enough to be easily from earth across the face of the moon??

    Or does the lunar equivalent of corn circles?

    El Reg - we need a Clangers icon.

  13. Zmodem

    grab a skywatcher newton telescope and check to see if you can see apollo landings or alien bases

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giTdkmurDts

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