SUPERMOON: Moon will appear 30% brighter

The moon came close to us around the time it was full on October 16.

Use of the term supermoon in popular culture is a recent phenomenon, according to information from NASA. Of course, it might be cloudy on Monday night - though it can be rather atmospheric to see the bright, full moon through thin cloud.

A supermoon is also referred to as perigee full moon.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with what scientists call the moon's perigee - the point in its orbit when the moon is closest to Earth. The best way to see a supermoon is an area with little pollution and little to no artificial light. This super moon will be followed up by another one on December 14.

To see this huge moon, look for it to rise right around sunset Sunday night, November 13 and will be in the sky till dawn or so Monday. "When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a perigee moon or more commonly, a supermoon!". The moon may look unusually large, but it is just closer to earth, about 30,000 miles than it typically is.

The moon's orbit around our planet is elliptical, meaning the distance from Earth varies: sometimes it's further away, sometimes it's closer.

NASA says this month's supermoon will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. But the moon on Monday will be exceptionally close - at perigee the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth in 68 years.

The next time the moon will be so close, full and bright is in 2034. Any time after sunset should be fine. The bonus for all of us who want to view this rare, celestial event is that Storm Team 8 is forecasting clear skies Sunday night.

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