“This weekend’s full moon will rise on Sunday evening shortly after sunset and will be visible all night long, weather permitting.
An optical illusion, known as the “moon illusion,” will make the moon appear even bigger when it is close to the horizon compared to when it is high in the sky.
Shortly after moonrise or before moonset is also a good time to photograph the moon, not only because of this illusion but also because the moon will appear in frame with the natural landscape on the ground.
In addition to appearing larger and brighter than normal, supermoons can affect the oceans.
“The supermoon plays a role in the tides and has a stronger influence than other full moons,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist David Samuhel said.
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“The full moon occurs at 10:47 a.m. EST on Sunday and will reach its perigee on Monday morning at 3:45 a.m. EST. At the time of perigee, the moon will be 222,135 miles away from Earth, which is about 16,000 miles closer than average. The moon will look largest when its closest to the horizon just after sunset and if you want to see extra lunar detail you can grab a telescope or binoculars.
“If you miss out on this supermoon, don’t worry – this will be the first of three supermoons through January 31, 2018. The next supermoon will be January 2 and yet another will occur on January 31. The January 31 supermoon will be extra special because there will also be a total lunar eclipse and it will be the second full moon of the month, making it a Blue Moon.