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Supermoon on Monday to be closest since 1948

Posted at 11:58 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 12:58:34-05

It's a Super-duper-moon — at least that's what the internet is calling it.

On Monday morning at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will reach its perigee, or closest point to Earth, measuring a distance of 221,524 miles away — the closest it's been since Jan. 26, 1948. The moon was even closer to Earth in January 1912 and January 1930.

The moon officially becomes full roughly two and a half hours later, making this a supermoon and the closest one in 68 years.

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During a supermoon, the moon appears roughly 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon when it's at its farthest point, but it's hardly noticeable to the naked eye.

Still, knowing the moon won't be this close again until November 2034 is something to talk about.