Chance to see Supermoon in Sussex skies tonight (fingers crossed!)

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The moment marks the closest the full moon will get to Earth since January 26, 1948, according to NASA.

And as the Moon orbits the Earth every 27 days or so, it travels in an elliptical or oval shape. To amaze them even more, tell them that when the moon passes the earth at 2:09PM Central Time Monday, it will be 356,511 kilometers away.

The full moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its farthest distance from Earth, NASA said.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than it typically is, and the effect is most noticeable when it occurs around the same time as a full moon.

The moon is seen behind the London Eye wheel a day before the "supermoon" spectacle in London, Britain, November 13, 2016. The moon hasn't been this close since 1948, and it won't be this near again until november 25, 2034.

If you miss the spectacle, it should still appear bigger than usual on Tuesday evening but will be a fraction smaller. Monday's full moon will occur about 90 minutes after the moon reaches perigee - its closest approach to Earth each month.

The next time a full moon is as close to Earth will be on November, 25, 2034, according to scientists, which is almost two decades from now. The first was on October 16 and the third is due on December 14. "As it starts to do its cycle, there are points where it becomes closer to Earth as it rotates", he says.

What makes a supermoon a supermoon?

Assuming we have clear skies tonight, the Moon promises to show its more lovely side. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST. The best time to go out and look is Monday morning just before dawn.

The supermoon causes pulling of the Earth's ocean and the Earth's crust and results in tides being a little higher than normal.

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