What This Month's Biggest Supermoon Of The Century Means For Astrology Fans

In the days prior to the 'supermoon', you're going to be feeling very emotional

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As Coldplay once crooned: 'Look at the stars, look how they shine for you'.

Well, my star gazer friends, you might want to direct your astronomical attention to the moon later this month as we're about to witness a record-breaking 'supermoon' that will come closer to Earth than at any time in almost 70 years.

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On November 14, the 'supermoon' will appear 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger than an average full moon, according to NASA, and won't be seen again until November 25, 2034.

Basically, you won't want to miss it.

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This year, we are scheduled to have three 'supermoons' – the first came on 16 October and was called the 'Aries Supermoon' and the third will occur on December 14 – but this will be the best yet.

According to the brainiacs over at NASA, the moon will be at its largest in Britain when it begins to rise at 4.45pm when it will be nearest to the horizon.

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Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: 'It will be above rooftops and trees and chimneys and always appears bigger that way because you're comparing it to foreground objects.'

So, what is a 'supermoon'?

When the moon is at 'perigee' – its shortest distance from the Earth – it is approximately 226,000 miles away and appears larger and brighter than when it is at its furthermost point, called its 'apogee'.

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Given that the moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape, it's sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times.

And that time is coming.

What does this mean for me?

According to Saturn Sister, Stefanie Iris Weiss: 'Supermoons are basically 'supercharged' Full Moons. They tend to produce even higher tides, and thus the energetic pull on our bodies – and our emotions – is even stronger.

'Full Moons tend to bring closure, finales, endings — we look back to what was going on in our lives six months ago and reflect on how far we've come,' she adds.

But watch our Tauruses because this sign is going to be particularly important for you.

This Full Moon is in the sign of Taurus — it's important to stay grounded, indulge in sensual pleasures, and spend time in nature, if at all possible.

'Any emotional storm that overwhelms you in the days leading up to the supermoon should be treated with dark chocolate, bouquets of flowers, or a walk in the park. Tapping into our five senses is the most healing thing we can do right now,' explains Stefanie.

What's the best way to see this 'supermoon'?

  1. Watch the 'supermoon' from somewhere where there aren't that many other lights – you don't want your eyes to be distracted from the glorious illumination of the moon.
  2. Try to look at the moon when it's nearer to the horizon in order to experience an optical illusion which will make the moon look even bigger.

NASA explains: 'When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects. The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn't take away from the experience.'

Let the countdown commence.

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