IF you look to the skies this weekend, you’ll notice the moon is a little bit brighter and larger than normal.
November’s full moon, known as the Beaver Moon, will appear around 14% larger in diameter and 30% brighter than usual.
It should be visible on Friday and Saturday night.
In the Northern Hemisphere, November’s full moon occurs at the time of year when hunters used to set traps before waters froze over to ensure a supply of warm furs for winter – hence the name Beaver Moon.
“It should be a really beautiful sight. 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,” said Tom Kerss, astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich.
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.”
The moon has a slightly elliptical orbit – it does not move round the Earth in a perfect circle.
At some points the moon is about 5% closer to Earth than average, known as perigee, and at others 5% further away, known as apogee.
This month’s full moon will be 226,182 miles from Earth, closer than its average 238,900 miles.
It will reach the peak of its full phase at 5.23am on Saturday.
There is debate over whether or not this will be a ‘supermoon’, but one will definitely appear on December 3 – which is set to be even bigger.
The moon calendar
A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days, and ancient cultures across the world have given each month’s various different names.
The Beaver Moon is Novembers, and here is the full list:
January: Wolf Moon
February: Snow Moon
March: Worm Moon
April: Pink Moon
May: Flower Moon
June: Strawberry Moon
July: Buck Moon
August: Sturgeon Moon
September: Harvest Moon
October: Hunter’s Moon
November: Beaver Moon
December: Cold Moon
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