The nights leading up to Monday, Nov. 14 promise a supersized sky show!
This particular supermoon is especially 'super' for two reasons: It's the only supermoon this year to be completely full and it's the closest moon to Earth since 1948, according to NASA.
The moon won't be this super again until 2034!
In its closest pass to Earth, called perigree, early Monday morning, the full moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger, that's because the moon will be 14 percent closer to Earth (Monday's distance is 221,525 miles versus the average of 238,855 miles.)
Because it's larger, it will look brighter, shining 30 percent more moonlight onto Earth.
NASA says tide effects will be negligible for the most part.
Perigee will happen at 4:22 a.m. and the moon will reach it's fullest at 6:52 a.m. Monday Arizona time.
If you’re not an early riser, don't worry.
“I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle."
And you don't have to stay up late either.
"Any time after sunset should be fine," Petro said. "Since the moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset or once it’s dark and the moon is a bit higher in the sky.
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