Head outside Tuesday night to see the superest supermoon of 2020

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Head outside on Tuesday, April 7 around 7:30 pm to see the “supermoon!”

The term “supermoon” refers to a full moon that occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth than usual during its slightly oval path around our planet. And so, tonight, the Moon will look a little bigger and a little brighter than a normal full moon.

When the Moon is at the closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, it is said to be at “perigee.” A “supermoon” is simply a full moon that occurs within a day of the Moon being at perigee.

On April 7, the moon is at perigee at 6:08 PM EDT and the full moon occurs less than five hours later, at 10:35 PM EDT. The moon will be just 221,773 miles away at perigee this month. When the full moon occurs less than five hours later, the Moon will still be a mere 221,851 miles from Earth, making for the “superest” “supermoon” of 2020. At this time, the Moon will be about 7 percent bigger than an average full moon.

If you get any great photos of the "supermoon," be sure to share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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