It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance — and you don’t need to be off Eastport with a telescope to join in. November’s supermoon is the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years. Space geeks say the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.
Tonight at 4:45 p.m., knock off from work, grab your binoculars and hit the Eastern Prom in Portland’s Munjoy Hill. As the sun sets in the west (don’t get caught on the Western Prom, or you’ll miss it) the mighty moon will rise at the same time in the east. This oceanside park is the best venue in the city to see the moon.
Fancy a drink? Head to the Top of the East at the Westin Portland Harborview in Congress Square. The highest cocktail bar in the city opens at 5 p.m. with beer and wine specials tonight to complement the awe-inspiring sight. Panoramic views and the rise of the moon sound like a fine start to the week.
Bug Light Park in South Portland is another stellar choice. This popular nine-acre park with the tiniest lighthouse juts out into Casco Bay. It is a snug and safe vantage point for moon lovers with plenty of parking. Go early for best results and bring the whole family.
Along the coast, Scarborough Beach State Park is ground zero for full moon fever. Located on Black Point Road, a short drive south, this wide sandy beach is a romantic choice for “leaping and hopping on a moon shadow” a la Cat Stevens. Bundle up against on-shore breezes and look for reflections in the waves.
Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park is another solid choice. Bring the good camera (the one with the zoom lens) to capture the awesome orb and the famed lighthouse on Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. Postcard views don’t get better than this.
This post will be updated in another 69 years.