Upcoming "supermoon" closest until 2034: When and how to view

Some clouds are possible Monday night, so Monday morning might be your best chance to gaze at a historic “supermoon.”

The moon is technically full at 8:52 a.m. Monday, two and a half hours after the moon makes its closest approach to Earth since 1948. It will nonetheless appear full when it rises at 4:41 p.m. Sunday, just 12 minutes before sunset.

Monday, astronomy group Bmore Popscope will have its telescopes set up outside Penn Station for a close-up view.

This year ends with three consecutive supermoons, and November's Full Beaver Moon is the biggest of them -- and the biggest of this century, so far. On Monday, the moon will swing closer to Earth than it has since 1948.

The term "supermoon" is not an astronomical or technical one. It has come to refer to any full moon that occurs around the same time as lunar perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit.

NASA Senior Photographer Bill Ingalls has some tips for those trying to snap photographs of the supermoon with their smartphone cameras. Though the cameras have improved in resolution, they aren’t ideal tools, but Ingalls recommends tapping the moon on the screen to focus and then slide up or down to darken or lighten the exposure. It also makes sense to take images of the moon against a tree or building, as it rises or sets, to give some perspective.

If you miss this supermoon, you will have to wait until Nov. 25, 2034, for a closer one.


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