decorative image of 1114-HarvestMoon_KAlexander_viqwye , Come to the Supermoon Gaze at PSC Nov. 14 2017-01-17 14:09:22 Published: 11-14-2016

Come get a close look at tonight’s spectacular supermoon at Pensacola State College’s Planetarium, Building 21, facing Airport Boulevard. Huge telescopes will be available for public gazing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, thanks to Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association members and the PSC student chapter.

This supermoon is at perigee, its closest approach to earth since 1948, and it won’t happen again until November 2034. The moon will indeed be “super,” appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

“Bring along your smartphones to take detailed photos of this historic event,” says Wayne Wooten, PSC astronomy professor. “We will distribute star charts, also view Mars and Venus, and do constellation identification.”

All EAAA events are free and open to the public. Viewers are also encouraged to bring their own telescopes and binoculars.