This Year's Only Supermoon Is Almost Here - Here's How To See It

Another Supermoon on the way this weekend	 	 	 			Super Moon from Vicksburg. 8:10pm 11/13/16 Tim Rigterink

Another Supermoon on the way this weekend Super Moon from Vicksburg. 8:10pm 11/13/16 Tim Rigterink

The moon will set at 6:10 am, half an hour after sunrise takes place at 5:41 am.

It can be tough to snap a good shot of the moon, but equipment like a telephoto lens or an adaptor on a small telescope helps, Faherty said. On November 14, 2016, the moon was closer to Earth than at any time in nearly 69 years. In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye. It's more like an oval, so at times it's closer to the Earth than it is at other times.

This weekend's supermoon will be 222,761 miles from Earth, over 16,000 miles closer than its average 238,900 miles.

Perigee defines the closest point in the moon's orbit around the Earth, and the Supermoon will reach this spot at 3:45 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 4.

The only supermoon of 2017 is rising on December 3.

The astronomical term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy". We had three in 2016, and the one on November 16 of that year was the closest we've had since 1948, according to NASA, and we won't have another one like that until 2034.

While the moon is undoubtedly both bigger and brighter than usual, our eyes tend to trick us into seeing the moon as larger than it truly is.

There are plenty of places around the US where you can enjoy the Supermoon as long as the sky is clear, even if just for a minute. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here.

At that point, it may appear a little bigger and brighter than usual.

What's the best way to photograph the supermoon?

The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot. And while 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than the average full moon may not sound that impressive, compared to a micromoon (when the full moon is at the farther end of its reach), a supermoon appears even more bodacious.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance.

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