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Go outside and look up: There's a hunter's supermoon tonight

The moon is going to look bigger and brighter tonight.
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Get ready for social media to be filled with photos of the moon.

The moon is going to look bigger and brighter than normal Sunday night, which marks the first of three supermoons to close out 2016, according to NASA.

Supermoon is a term that's gotten popular in the past few years to describe when a full moon coincides with it being with 90 percent of its closest point to Earth during orbit. (The moon's orbit is shaped like an egg – one side, the perigee, is roughly 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other side, the apogee.)

On Sunday, the moon becomes full on the same day as perigee.

NASA explains all this in this video (watch below).

Sunday's supermoon is also a hunter's moon – making it a super hunter's moon.

National Geographic explains what that means:

"In other months, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, while the October moon rises just 30 minutes later. That offers more light overall during a 24-hour day, which came in handy for traditional hunters."

For more on the hunter's moon, check out this story by EarthSky.

Mark your calendars

Some storms are possible in Minnesota Sunday night, so it may prevent you from getting a good look at the super hunter's moon.

But don't worry, there are two more on the way, on Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.

And November's supermoon is going to be extra super, NASA says. That's because the moon will become full within two hours of perigee, making it the closest full moon of 2016 – and the closest full moon to date in the 21st century.

The next time a full moon will be this close to Earth is Nov. 25, 2034.

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