Lunar love

We might be biased, but the moon always seems to shine brighter when lighting the mountains framing its lunar reflection on Lake George.
This Sunday and Monday night, it really is shining brighter — by about 30 percent — according to NASA.
November’s Beaver Moon (the name for this month’s full moon) rises Monday night. It is the second of three supermoons in 2016. The next is December’s Cold Moon on Dec. 14.
What’s more, it’s also the closest full moon since 1948. You’ll have to wait 18 years until 2034 to see it this close and bright from our planet’s surface again.

The forecast for Sunday night is mostly clear, according to weather.gov. Monday night is partly cloudy. Both nights will be chilly with temperatures in the high 20s an low 30s.

According to NASA, waking up early Monday will likely provide you with the best view just before sunrise. The moon will be closest to Earth at 6:22 a.m. EST.

What better way to start your week than with the moon’s magic illuminating Lake George?

If you take a morning trip just before sunrise to view the moon around the lake, make it a breakfast outing.

Both of the above photos are of the moon in September.

If you want to try to capture the moon through your lens, click here for photo tips.

“I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, in a statement on NASA’s website. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine.”

NASA explains the supermoon:

“The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter, and because it is larger, shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.”

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