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Supermoon over Wisconsin. Dan Plutchak photo.
Supermoon over Wisconsin, Nov. 13, 2016. Dan Plutchak photo.

Did you see tonight’s super moon? A super moon is when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest point to the earth as it makes its way around its orbit.

Astronomers call it the perigee-syzygy, meaning the moon is both full and closest to Earth. Tonight’s version will be a “showstopper,” according to NASA.

It’s the nearest supermoon in almost 70 years — and we won’t see another like it until 2034.

“When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon,” NASA says.

Here are five things to help you enjoy this supermoon this evening, from NPR.org READ

 

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.