The "supermoon" rises over Southern California. Photo by Chris Stone
The “supermoon” rises over Southern California. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s full moon rising, as Southern California residents will get their first chance in nearly 70 years to see the greatest “supermoon” on Sunday night and into Monday morning.

Don’t miss it, as  there won’t be another one until Nov. 24, 2034.

The full moon will look bigger than the normal super moon because it will hit perigee — the point on its orbit when it is closest to Earth. It’s estimated at 221,524 miles from our planet.

Supermoons actually occur about every 14 months, according to scientists. The moon Sunday night and Monday morning will look bigger and brighter than it has in nearly 70 years.

The moon’s orbit around the earth is shaped like an oval; when closest to Earth, it’s termed a perigee. When farthest away, it’s called an apogee.

The last time the there was a Supermoon this close to Earth was in January 1948.

Scientists said the moon will reach its closest point this time at 3:23 a.m. Monday morning, if you decide to stay up.

— City News Service

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