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Supermoon takes to the sky tonight

Posted: 12/03/2017 15:21:00 -07:00 Updated:

If clouds don't stay in the way, you'll get an opportunity to view the moon at its brightest later tonight.

Sunday night's full moon, known as the "cold moon," will be bigger and brighter than usual. This is called a "supermoon."

It occurs when the full moon is at its closest point to Earth, called the perigee. This makes the moon appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than usual.

According to Space.com, this is the first of three consecutive supermoons, including a lunar eclipse.

The other supermoons will happen on January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2018.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins said some Montanans will have difficult seeing the full moon due to cloud cover, however drier air arriving overnight will help to thin out some of the clouds.

Your best opportunity to view the supermoon is right after sunset Sunday evening or just before sunrise Monday morning.

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