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What Is a Supermoon?

A Supermoon will be visible this weekend


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Supermoon! But what is a Supermoon?

Source: Moon

A Supermoon is what it’s called when a moon is at its fullest while being slightly closer to the Earth than what it normally is. The term “Supermoon” was coined by an astrologer roughly 30 years ago. Before this term was invented, this phenomenon was referred to as a “Perigee full moon”, WFMY News notes.

Three Supermoons are set to occur this year. The closest one is on Friday and Saturday, and the next two will happen in August and September. The largest of these showings will be in August. The best time to look at a Supermoon is when it’s closest to the horizon, WFMY News notes.

Those interested in taking photos of the Supermoon over the weekend can follow Cnet’s guide for how to get a good picture of the event.

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