Once-in-a-lifetime supermoon

During the eclipse, one side of the full moon is darker than the other. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

On Monday evening, we’ll be treated to a rare lunar event: a once-in-a-lifetime supermoon that will appear 14 percent larger than a normal moon. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

On Monday evening, we’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime supermoon.

This is the closest a full moon has been in nearly 70 years — and the next time a full moon will be this close is 18 years from now.

According to NASA, this supermoon will look 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a normal full moon.

Scientifically, this is called a ‘perigee moon’ — which happens when the moon’s orbit is closest to earth, making it look extra large and bright.

When the ‘perigee moon’ happens to coincide with a full moon, it’s called a supermoon.

The moon rises in the northeast at 18:24 on November 14.

If you miss it, there will be another supermoon — but not quite as super as this one — next month on December 14.

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Daniel Hayduk

Daniel is Dar Post’s news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.