November Full Moon Closest To Earth Since 1948, Viewable This Weekend

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A historic event takes place this weekend, but clouds may hinder viewing in the High Country. The November full moon will be the closest and largest “supermoon” to Earth in 68 years, according to EarthSky.org.

 The moon is expected to reach the peak of its full phase on the morning of Monday Nov. 14, at 8:52 a.m. EST, according to Space.com. Both websites note that the moon will appear full to the casual observer both the day before and after as well.

The November full moon is also known as the “Beaver Moon”.  Algonquin Native American tribes, as well as American colonists, named the moon Beaver Moon because “this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The weather forecast for the High Country calls for cloudy skies on Sunday night with a 20% chance of rain, and partly cloudy skies on Monday night.

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