Watch a Spectacular ‘Supermoon’ Rise Over Russia’s Soyuz Spacecraft (Video)

November 16, 2016 - Supermoon

November’s full moon was a closest and brightest “supermoon” given 1948. NASA prisoner a overwhelming video of a giant, intense moon as it rose over a Soyuz spacecraft, that will lift 3 crewmembers to a International Space Station Thursday (Nov. 17).

Photographers with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, that oversees tellurian spaceflight activities, shot this implausible perspective of a “supermoon” rising only mins after nightfall on Monday (Nov. 14) during a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Because a full moon was about 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) closer to Earth than it is on average, it seemed 14 percent incomparable and 30 percent brighter than usual.

On Monday, only hours before moonrise, a sight towed a Soyuz MS-03 rocket from a Integration Facility to a launchpad. There a rocket was carried to a honest position only in time to set a stage for a picture-perfect super-moonrise. [‘Supermoon’ Photos: The Closest Full Moon Until 2034 in Pictures]

November's supermoon is seen rising behind a Soyuz rocket during a Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan, Monday (Nov. 14).
Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls

The mission, named Expedition 50, includes NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Navitskiy and French wanderer Thomas Pesquet. The group will blast off from a Baikonur Cosmodrome and control for the International Space Station on Thursday during 3:20 p.m. EST (2020 GMT, or 2:20 a.m. Nov. 18 Baikonur time).

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by sight to a launch pad during a Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Pesquet will be a initial French wanderer to transport to a space station, while Whitson and Navitskiy are maestro space travelers. The 3 will spend 6 months inside a orbiting laboratory, where they will control about 250 scholarship experiments not probable on Earth.

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