The moon is officially 238,900 miles from Earth, but what with it revolving and rotating in a slightly elliptical orbit every 28 days, that number is more flexible than firm. And early Monday morning, it’s going to be firmly closer. In fact, the moon will be as near to our planet as it’s been since Jan. 26, 1948 ... over 68 years.
The moon will be at its closest point (perigee) of 221,524 miles from terra firma at 6:15 a.m. EST, Nov. 14.
But it isn’t merely the proximity of the moon that makes it super. In addition, the moon turns full on 8:52 a.m. EST.
Space.com notes that the supermoon will appear larger and brighter than a typical moon — 14 percent larger than your average full moon, and 30 percent brighter, according to the Verge. (Most observers won't be able to judge the difference.) However, it doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for our moon-struck planet:
“The near coincidence of this month's full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides: an unusually lower-than-normal low tide, followed about 6 hours later by an unusually higher-than-normal high tide. In the latter case, any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly aggravate coastal flooding problems,” writes Space.com.
The werewolf-rescuing-a-stranded-mermaid fan fiction writes itself.