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Posted: Aug 8, 2014 6:02 PM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: Aug 8, 2014 6:09 PM
Source: NASA

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Topics: weather, astronomy, supermoon, meteor shower

Have the telescope ready, a second supermoon will be visible on Sunday Night.

A supermoon occurs when it is full at the same time it is passing closest to earth during orbit-known as its perigee.

The moon will turn full at 1:09pm local time on Sunday, August 10.

This is the fourth of five supermoons occurring in 2014-the final will be on September 9. However, this installment will be the largest.

According to NASA scientists, supermoons appear up to 14% closer and 30% brighter than an ordinary full moon.

The best time to view a supermoon is around dusk. Moonrise on Sunday is at 6:56pm.

Sky gazers will be treated to something extra when observing the upcoming supermoon as it coincides with the Perseid Meteor Shower. However, the bright light of the supermoon will wash out all but the brightest meteors in the shower according to the International Meteor Organization.

While optimal viewing conditions are highly weather dependent, the WBRZ Weather Team is forecasting clearing skies for Sunday Evening, meaning many should have an opportunity to spot and photograph the phenomenon.

Send us your supermoon pictures so we can share them on WBRZ News 2 broadcasts!

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