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You Can See An Enormous Supermoon Illuminating Vancouver This Weekend


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Attention, stargazers!

This weekend, the year’s only true supermoon will rise above Vancouver, illuminating the sky overhead.

While it won’t be as awe-inspiring as the supermoon last year, which was the biggest in 70 years, it will  brighten up the skies and provide an incredible view.

Vancouverites were privy to a number of spectacular astral displays this year, including the total solar eclipse back in August.

Now, the sky will light up at exactly 6.06 pm on Sunday, December 3rd, providing a dazzling display overhead.

Supermoon Over Vancouver

What is a exactly is this “super” moon?

The moon won’t actually change during this event, but it will be a lot closer to earth. Supermoons occur when the moon is full and closer to Earth than normal. Specially, NASA describes the occurrence as a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

In order to see the moon most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view. In addition, higher elevations provide optimal vantage points to avoid lights below.


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