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November 2016 supermoon
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November's supermoon will be the biggest one in 70 years

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

Bring out the blankets and the hot cocoa, America! November's supermoon is the one event you most definitely won't want to miss.

Happening on November 14, the moon will be the closest that it's been to Earth since January 1948 and will appear to be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than your average full moon. 

"When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects," says NASA, which calls it an "extra-supermoon." "The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience." What does it all mean? You might want to peek at the sky while adjacent to a large building (but then again, dark spaces away from city lights are usually ideal viewing spots).

Sure, supermoons are pretty common (we had one in October and there will be another one on December 14) but the next time that the moon will be this close to the Earth will be November 2034. So, yeah, this is the moon you can't miss.

Expected to reach its peak on the morning of November 14 at 8:52am, this is the year's prime photo opportunity.

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