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Slideshow: Mid-Michigan sees closest supermoon since 1948

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

Every so often, we're treated to amazing astronomical events and the latest one arrived the night of November 13th or early morning on November 14th! It was the latest installment of the supermoon.

What is a supermoon?

A supermoon, according to Earthsky.org, is a new or full moon that occurs at the same time as the moon's perigee. A perigee is the point in a moon's orbit that is closest to the Earth.

On average, we usually see 4 to 6 of these moons per year. According to NASA, these moons can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than apogee moons, or moons that occur near the most distant point from Earth.

What's significant about this supermoon if we see around 4 to 6 per year?

Despite the fact that we see a few supermoons every year, this particular event was the closest approach of the supermoon since January 26th, 1948. It was also the closest full moon so far in the 21st century and won't be this close to earth again until November 25th, 2034.

When can I see it?

The moon reached it's full stage at 8:52 ET on November 14th, meaning the best viewing in the United States occurred during the night of November 13th and 14th.

While those of us in the Eastern time zone already saw the sun rise when the moon reaches its fullest point, we still had great views during each night.

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