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The brightest supermoon in 68 years rises tonight

One day after the Super Moon, the brightest and largest appearing full moon of the year. The moon was 356,991 kilometers, or 221,824 miles from earth. This photo was made one hour and a quarter after moonrise, which accounts for the reddish appearance.

Kathmandu, November 14, 2016: An extra-super supermoon is rising this evening, and you don’t want to miss it.

Tonight’s full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky than it has in 68 years, and all you have to do to witness its shining glory is look up.

“Supermoon” is a moon that turns full at the time it is closest to Earth. The moon’s path around our planet is shaped more like an oval than a circle, so there are times when it is closer to usand times when it is farther away.

Supermoons occur about once every 14 months on average. However, Tonight’s supermoon is extra super because the moon will be even closer to Earth than usual.

At its closest approach, the moon will be 221,524 miles from our planet, compared with an average distance of  238,900 miles.

The last time the moon sailed this close to Earth was on Jan. 26, 1948, when it came 30 miles closer. The next time won’t be until Nov. 24, 2034, when the distance between the two bodies will be 40 miles less.

If you take a minute to gaze upon the glowing, gorgeous moon, and remember that it is closer to us right now than it has been in more than half a century, it surely will look a little more special and super than usual.

Photo Courtesy: National Geographic