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Largest Supermoon in 68 Years

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The brightest and largest full moon in 68 years is only a few days away.  This will be a "supermoon" you won't want to miss.

A "supermoon" is when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit (a.k.a 'perigee') during a full moon, making the full moon appear much larger than usual.

Because the exact time of next week's full moon is Monday morning at sunrise, both Sunday evening and Monday evening should offer great views. All times below are MST...

Sunday, November 13:
5:30 p.m.  -  Moon rises (this means you should have a brief time where both the moon and sun are visible on opposite horizons)
5:42 p.m.  -  Sun sets

Monday, November 14:
6:52 a.m.  -  Moon sets **Best view! Exact time of full supermoon**
6:52 a.m.  -  Sun rises
5:24 p.m.  -  Sun sets
6:01 p.m.  -  Moon rises

The moon appears largest (an optical illusion) near the horizon, so the best viewing will be around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 a.m. Monday and 6:20 p.m. Monday.

We are ending 2016 with a streak of supermoons - one in October, November and December.  However, this one for November is the biggest one since January 26, 1948, according to earthsky.org, and we won't have another one this close until November 25, 2034.

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