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November Supermoon in Old Town

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The November Full Moon will be the closest supermoon since 1948. Let's go check it out!

The supermoon (perigee full moon) on November 14, 2016, will bring the moon closer to Earth than it has been since January 26, 1948. What’s more, the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. That makes the November 2016 full moon the closest and largest supermoon in a period of 86 years!

BONUS: The El Galeón, a full-size replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, is currently docked at the Alexandria Waterfront, and we'll be able to see her in the moonlight as we pass by. If you would like to visit her during daylight hours, we're doing that at 10 am. Details here: http://tinyurl.com/zggw9ze

The route: From the bike rack across Diagonal Road from King Street Station parking lot, we’ll walk southeast to Duke Street, cross, and follow a sidewalk south along Hoof's Run to Jamieson St, where we'll turn east and work our way south and east to Wilkes Street, which we'll follow east to the waterfront. From there we'll walk north along the waterfront to Tidelock Park, where we'll turn around and walk back along the waterfront to King Street. At King Street we'll turn right and walk west along King Street back to our starting point.

The walk is just over 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is mostly paved throughout and fairly level.

Google map: http://tinyurl.com/hucph9d

How to get there:

• Metro: King Street Station is on the Blue and Yellow Lines.

• Driving: From I-395, take VA-7 / King Street east about 2.8 miles. Take the first right after passing under the railroad (Daingerfield Street), and an immediate right onto Diagonal Road. From US-1 / Richmond Highway, follow King Street west 0.5 miles, take a sharp left onto Daingerfield, and the first right onto Diagonal Road. Most parallel parking around the neighborhood streets is free on Sunday evenings.

Weather: The forecast is partly cloudy and a high of 59F. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/njo3ngq . Sunset is at 4:55 pm, and civil twilight ends about 30 minutes later. The moon rises at 4:43 pm.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). A flashlight and the layered look is recommended.

Advisory:

• As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers.

• After sunset, motorists have difficulty seeing you! Watch out for vehicles, and wear light or reflective clothing.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains in nearby commercial establishments, notably Embassy Suites.

Notes:

• Supermoon at Earthsky.org: http://tinyurl.com/zacnj9w

• "November and December will see 'Supermoons'," Voice of America: http://tinyurl.com/j6xff8s

• Moon data at TimeAndDate.com: http://tinyurl.com/hk6esu8