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Supermoon to provide spectacular view over Western New York this weekend

Posted at 11:59 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 19:19:21-05

It's a sight that we haven't seen in our own backyards since January of 1948, and won't see again for 18 years.

The Supermoon will light up the skies all across Western New York this coming Saturday and Sunday. The moon will appear slightly bigger and brighter than usual, and with the clouds slowly clearing out late tonight, it looks as if we will have front row seats to what will be a spectacular view!

Saturday evening into Sunday looks to be the better night to view the Supermoon. There won't be as much cloud cover compared to Friday night but it will still be chilly. You'll start to see the moon around 4:05 Saturday afternoon. The moon sets at 6:51 Sunday morning.

And if you missed the Supermoon Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you're in luck. As of now, it looks like there will be nothing but clear skies out there across the area Sunday into Monday morning, when the moon reaches its full peak. The moon rises just before sunset on Sunday, and will set at 6:51 Monday morning.

According to space.com, the moon will appear 16% brighter and 15% bigger than normal. However, unless you are an astute astronomer, you may not be to be able to tell the difference.

The Supermoon is also called the Beaver Moon. This is around the time of year when American Settlers would trap beavers.

November 25, 2034 will be the next time the moon gets this close to the earth.