This weekend: Supermoon. Coming soon: Blue moon

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That combination will make the moon seem about 14 percent larger in diameter than usual this weekend, NASA said. A supermoon only occurs when a full moon coincidentally falls during the period when the moon is the closest distance from Earth during its orbit. This is due to an optical illusion that makes the super moon appear much bigger and brighter than it will look when it rises higher in the sky. The moon will become full on Sunday and the best time to see it, if you're awake, will be 3:45 a.m. Monday.

This means that each month the moon reaches a furthest point from earth and a closest point.

The last supermoon occurred approximately a year ago on December 14. Hence, for those in the Northern hemisphere, it is a cold supermoon. Early forecasts predict evening showers so hopefully the skies will clear up enough to view the Supermoon.

And while it may appear super, the term "supermoon" is not the official term for the astronomical phenomenon.

This year's will occur Sunday, Dec. 3. "It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon'". Even more so if it's a supermoon. "Don't be so focused on your sensor that you miss such an otherworldly sight", they said. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you.

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An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right).

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month.

If you miss the first viewing, another good time to sneak a peek is when the supermoon reaches its peak at 4 a.m. on December 4.

It'll be full again on Sunday night, but you'll have to be more patient trying to get a good look at it. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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