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The moon is fascinating on a normal night, but it’s even more awesome when it comes in the form of a supermoon.

That’s what meteorologists call a new or full moon that occurs when the celestial body is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in its orbit.

When the moon is closer to Earth than average, it appears much larger than it normally does – an awesome sight to see. A supermoon can appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon, according to NASA.

The last supermoon was on October 16, but night owls will get another chance to enjoy a supermoon on Monday, November 14. The moment marks the closest the full moon will get to Earth since January 26, 1948, according to NASA.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center posted a video to Twitter Wednesday showing the “super” supermoon, which it said will be the biggest in a generation.

Not only will this be the largest supermoon of 2016, it will be another 18 years before the full moon likely gets this close to Earth again, on Nov. 25, 2034, according to NASA.

The final supermoon of 2016 comes on December 14.

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