Look up, way up to the heavens..and be amazed!
Later tonight, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon – the closest full moon of the year.
Monday’s supermoon will be extra super – it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won’t happen again for another 18 years.
NASA says closest approach will occur at 6:21 a.m. EST when the moon comes within 356,508 kilometres. That’s from the centre of the Earth to the centre of the moon. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST.
NASA planetary geologist Noah Petro is urging everyone to step outside and soak in the view. At the time of closest approach, the moon will be setting and the sun rising, at least on the U.S. East Coast, so prime viewing will be Sunday and Monday nights there.
Supermoons can appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter in the night sky. But it takes a real expert to notice the difference.