- “For most people alive now, this will be the largest and brightest moon in their lives,” the almanac says.
- That’s if the sky is clear. If you miss this super moon, the almanac says, you will have to wait until Nov. 25, 2034, for another chance.
On Nov. 14, the moon will be 217,000 miles from Earth and will be most impressive soon after rising around 6 p.m.
But before you get too excited, Tom Burns, director of Perkins Observatory in Delaware County, said, “If you go out around 6 p.m., you are going to say that moon looks real big, but the rising full moon always looks real big.”
In reality, the rising full moon that night will appear only a bit larger than any other rising moon, Burns said. He said NASA overhypes the event.
“It’s difficult for human eyes to tell the difference,” Burns said. “It drives me crazy because people will call me and say, ‘I went and looked at the super moon, and it didn’t look bigger to me.’”
Still, Burns said that if the sky is clear that evening, he will go outside and take a gander at the rising full moon, as he always does.
The reason this month’s moon is called the beaver moon is that beaver dens are now snug, stocked with food and ready for winter.
On another matter, we still have not technically had an Indian summer because we haven’t had a freezing temperature recorded at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
We can still have an Indian summer in November, but it is just as likely that we will go right into frigid weather. Indian summer can be as fickle as the January thaw. Some folks also call the January thaw a false spring.
I went out in my vegetable garden last week to check whether the warm weather made any of my green tomatoes start looking reddish. If I don’t pick my tomatoes at that stage and bring them in the house to fully ripen on the window sill, some critter will chew a hole in them.
While I was carefully inspecting the tomatoes, I realized how much I enjoy the smell of tomato vines. I will soon have to learn to do without that aroma and all the other delightful smells that come with warm weather.
There are not a lot of smells in winter.
With today’s end of daylight saving time, darkness will come much earlier. I also will miss that extra daylight that allowed me to see what’s going on in the yard.
Retired weather columnist John Switzer writes a Sunday Metro column.