On Monday, November 14, the moon will be the closest it has been to earth since 1948, dubbing it a supermoon. It has been reported that some are even calling it a super-dupermoon. This supermoon will excite astronomy enthusiasts and common citizens alike as it will light up the sky in a way that is not often observed.
Despite the projected beauty of the phenomenon, Charleston, South Carolina has already felt the effects of this supermoon, and perhaps not in such a positive way. Due to the increased gravitational pull of the supermoon, flooding has occurred on the low-lying peninsula, causing road closures on Monday morning. Effected streets include Hagwood, Ashley, and Lockwood. The tide was at its highest by 7 a.m. EST and the advisory was for 10 a.m. Charleston is no stranger to flooding; with recent Hurricane Matthew and last year’s historic flooding, Charleston experiences unusual surface water conditions on a regular basis. It is fair to say, however, that these conditions are not typically brought on by unique celestial events.
While this supermoon has been declared the largest in a century as well as the
largest until 2034, it is not the first nor the last supermoon of 2016. The first supermoon occurred on October 16 and yet another will follow on December 14. Sources from around the world encourage people to view the November supermoon as it is projected to be the largest, but fortunately there will be another opportunity to see such a phenomenon later in the year.