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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 13-19 November 2016

A supermoon rises behind a building with trees in the background.

The moon, inspiring music and more enchanting things in this week's roundup.

1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: The above picture is of a supermoon with clouds floating across it is from 2013. Sunday/Monday, 13/14 November is also a supermoon day. This supermoon is a special one. See the video in the link below to learn why it is special. (Check local listings for moon rise times.)

2. MUSIC: 14 November is also the 116th anniversary of the birth of American composer Aaron Copland.

Many of his works -- think: "Our Town," "Appalachian Spring," "The Red Pony," and "Fanfare for the Common Man" -- are a perfect pairing for an expansive view sprinkled with clouds. Here's a thought: Play some Copland on Monday while watching the sun set through golden fall clouds (don't forget to take some pics using the app) and then stay out to view the supermoon.

5. METEOR SHOWER: The Leonids will peak on Thursday, 17 November. The brightness of the waning supermoon will interfere with seeing these meteors and we are not in an outburst year. Still, expect to see at least 10-15 meteors per hour.  

If we were in an outburst year, which happens every 33 years or so, viewers could see hundreds to thousands of meteors per hour. Expect this type of shower in 2033.

4. LECTURE: Love looking at the pictures that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope produces for us of the cosmos? Well, guess what? An even more fantastic telescope will soon be sharing with us images of space. It is called the James Webb Space Telescope. You can learn all about it at an upcoming lecture (17-18 November). Check out the link below to find the locations and times.

5. FUN: Who hasn't thought clouds look like whipped cream or cotton candy? I know I have. Check out the linked to video in the below for some cloud fun from Vine star and YouTuber Zach King.

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