Supermoon

The full moon on November 14, 2016 brings the Moon close to the Earth – it’s called a perigee full Moon, or supermoon. The distance between Moon and Earth is still 356’509 km, but nonetheless the Moon appears larger than usual.

The full moon illuminates Switzerland's Jura mountains November 14, 2016. The perigee full Moon, or supermoon, brings the Moon on its orbit close to the Earth.
The full moon illuminates Switzerland’s Jura mountains November 14, 2016. The perigee full Moon, or supermoon, brings the Moon on its orbit close to the Earth.

The last time the Moon was as close to our planet was in 1948, and the next time our natural satellite will be as close is in 2034. The Moon has fascinated humans for thousands of years: the cave paintings in Lascaux are thought to depict the moon phases – drawn 15’000 years ago.

In some cultures, the Moon is thought to possess divine powers: a full Moon not only causes insomnia, but also insanity. Of the latter we have plenty these days.