Watch a Supermoon and a Hunter’s Moon Coincide on Sunday Night

Nothing inspires Halloween spirit quite like the sight of a radiant moon in the evening sky, and on the night of October 16, the universe has deemed fit to serve up an especially brilliant show.

By Becky Ferreira | MOTHERBOARD

Not only will the Moon be full on Sunday evening, it will also reach perigee, or its tightest approach to Earth, at 7:36 PM Eastern time. At this point, our satellite will be about 30,000 miles nearer to our planet than at its farthest point (called an apogee). These orbital close passes are called “supermoons,” because they make our satellite appear as much as 30 percent brighter than normal full moons and 14 percent larger over the horizon.

As if this wasn’t already enough of an excuse to indulge in some appropriately autumnal Moon-watching, Sunday’s supermoon coincides with yet another special lunar event called the Hunter’s Moon.

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