Monday’s supermoon extra super; closest in nearly 69 years

Courtesy: AP Graphics
Courtesy: AP Graphics

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The moon doesn’t get much bigger and brighter than this.

On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon. That’s the closest full moon of the year, or every 14 months to be precise.

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 221,523 miles (356,508 kilometers). That’s from the center of the Earth to the center 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. Prime viewing will be Sunday and Monday nights.

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