If you live in the UK and are a fan of astronomical phenomena then this weekend will give you a fantastic sight to sink your teeth into.

That's because the skies will be lit up tonight by a giant 'beaver' moon that will appear 14 percent larger and almost a third brighter than normal.

The supermoon will also take place on Saturday night, meaning that you will have a great chance at getting a glimpse of it, you lucky bastards.

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"It should be a really beautiful sight," explained Royal Observatory astronomer Tom Kerss.

"It's worth noting that the best time to see any object in the sky is when it's as high it can be, so really around midnight."

A supermoon is the name given to a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its lunar orbit.

This makes the satellite appear larger and brighter than it usually does to us on Earth. That's the science out of the way.

The 'beaver moon' (don't laugh), the name given to the November supermoon, was given its name by Native American tribes and the original American colonists.

They traditionally called it the 'beaver moon' because November was a common time for them to catch beavers for fur before winter arrived.


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During the event, the moon will orbit 10,000 miles closer to Earth than it usually does.

The moon will only be 226,182 miles away compared with its average orbit distance of 238,900 miles.

We all know that sometimes events such as these can be a wash-out as the skies are blocked by clouds.

But, yesterday, the Met Office forecast perfectly clear skies, giving you the best possible chance to see the massive moon before it 'shrinks' to its normal size.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: "There would have been some rain on the start of Saturday that clears away, and actually we get into much clearer skies as we go through Saturday evening and overnight, but there will be some showers in more northern and western areas."

"There is a good chance of catching a glimpse of it," Sharples added.

You might be surprised to learn that the 'beaver moon' is not actually the first supermoon we have seen this year.

The first supermoon of the year was visible on 12 January, and the third will occur only a month from now on 3 December.

Last year's 'beaver moon' was the closest supermoon since 26 January, 1948 and will not be beaten until 25 November, 2034.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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