Tonight’s supermoon to be biggest, brightest in 68 years

A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(KWQC) – Stargazers on Sunday night and into the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning will see the moon at its brightest since 1948.

Astronomers say it will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual, and we will not see another “supermoon” like this until 2034.

Peak appearance in the U.S. will be at 5:22 a.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 14, however NASA scientists also suggest viewing on Sunday night since there will be only a subtle difference in the hours before and after peak.

“Any time after sunset [on Sunday] should be fine,” says Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.  “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.”

A supermoon occurs when the moon passes slightly closer to Earth in its orbit.

NASA says if the clouds do not cooperate where you are this time, you will have another chance next month on Dec. 14 to see the last supermoon of 2016.

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