Supermoon Sunday, again in November & December

The moon rises Saturday, July 12, 2014 over metropolitan Manila in the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
The moon rises Saturday, July 12, 2014 over metropolitan Manila in the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Sunday will bring a supermoon to the night sky, but conditions in West Michigan mean it is very unlikely you’ll be able to get a good view.

“Supermoon” is the term used to describe the moon when it’s full and closer to Earth than average, NASA explained in a video posted Friday. Supermoons can be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the moon appears when it’s at its furthest point from Earth.

The bad news is that clouds, fog, mist and drizzle will likely obscure your view of the supermoon over West Michigan.

The good news is that there will be two more supermoons to wrap up 2016: one on Nov. 14 and one on Dec. 14. The Nov. 14 supermoon will be the closest full moon of 2016 and the closest so far during the 21st century, NASA said. It won’t be that close again until Nov. 24, 2034. And on Dec. 14, the supermoon is expected to make it hard to see much of the Geminid meteor shower.

In September of last year, the supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse.

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If you do manage to capture a photo of the supermoon, you can send it to ReportIt@woodtv.com or submit it via the ReportIt section on woodtv.com.