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A very rare “supermoon” will appear in the sky early Monday morning (November 14) when the moon is the closest it’s been to Earth since 1948. NASA says that Earth could be bathed in 30 percent more moonlight during this supermoon.
On Monday at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will be its closest at a mere 356,509 kilometers (221,524 miles) from Earth. But Sunday night and Monday night are also really good times to see Earth’s natural satellite.
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“I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, said in a statement. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine.”
Astronomers call the closest-to-the-Earth moment the perigee. What makes November 14 special is that the moon “becomes full within about two hours of perigee—arguably making it an extra-super moon,” NASA explained. In short: a so-called supermoon occurs when a full moon happens as the moon is also closest to Earth.
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The moon won’t appear this close again until 2034. So, catch it now.