CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – The largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades will be on display in the coming days, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial “supermoon” spectacle.
The full moon will come nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers said.
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If skies are clear, the upcoming full moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual, making it what is called a supermoon, according to NASA.
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Weather permitting, sky-watchers in North America and locations east of the International Dateline will have a better view on Sunday night since the moon will set less than three hours after closest approach on Monday.
“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,” Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, said in a statement.
The weather forecast (so far) shows clearskies on Sunday; Monday looks partly cloudy. So mark your calendar to go out to look at the Supermoon this Sunday Nov. 13 and Monday Nov. 14.