The second of three so-called supermoons in 2016 arrives Sunday night into Monday morning, and as Space.com tells us, this is the closest supermoon since January 1948 and the moon won't be this close to earth again until 2034, 18 years from now. (And no, I don't know why the super dramatic music was necessary in the video above.)
The moon will be 221,524 miles away from Earth, which is within 85 miles of its closest possible approach. Also, the Cold Moon in December will also be a supermoon.
Officially, the moon becomes full Monday morning around 9 a.m., well after sunrise, but it will appear full Sunday night as well, with the orb hitting its closest point to Earth at 6:15 a.m.
As KRON 4 explains, supermoons appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal full moons.
Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, for one, hates the term "supermoon," which was invented by the media in recent years. "I don't know who first called it a supermoon," he says. "I don't know, but if you have a 16-inch pizza, would you call that a super pizza compared with a 15-inch pizza?"