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

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

As this point, it benefits from the "moon illusion", an optical trick in which it appears very big when seen against the human-scaled environment.

If you miss the moon the day of, you can continue to enjoy a larger-than-average moon for the following few days.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth. Some supermoons can appear about 14 percent fuller than regular full moons.

The full supermoon won't technically hit the USA until Monday morning (12:45am PT, 3:45am ET), but most of the best moon photo ops happen around moonrise and moonset - that will be around 5pm ET on Saturday and 7:50am ET on Sunday.

When can I see the supermoon?




Unlike the total solar eclipse, there are no risks of going blind if you stare directly into the moonlight, which is technically a reflection of the sun's light. During its orbit, the moon passes through two points: Perigee and apogee. The moon will still be super-sized when it becomes visible that evening and will officially reach its perigee at 3:45 a.m. ET on December 4.

Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well.

Now there will always be the writers who, dripping with too-cool-for-school ennui, will say, "oh look, a full moon" as they explain that it's not a big deal and that the media is just setting people up for disappointment.

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. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon. Because it is the second full moon in one month, that January 31 moon will be known as a blue moon.

What's the best way to photograph the supermoon?

Especially if you get something in the foreground when taking photos.

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