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Las Vegans stoked about Supermoon

Posted at 11:25 PM, Nov 14, 2016
People continue to feel the hype around the world and here in Las Vegas surrounding our current Supermoon.
 
 
Greg McKay, the 2016 president of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society says the moon is 13 percent larger than last month's full moon due to its close proximity to the earth.
 
"That's why I tell people, if you really want to see the Supermoon,  you want to see the Supermoon right at moonrise when it's close to the mountains or close to the city skyline," said McKay.
 
McKay says his phone has been flooded with callers asking where to get the best view to snap a picture or just to look up and admire its beauty.
 
"The advice that I've been giving people is anywhere that you can get a clear view to the eastern horizon as it rises," McKay said.
 
McKay points out the Supermoon was the closest to earth Monday at 3:23 a.m. and it will only get further and further from here on out. He says it will still look impressive for the next few days.
 
We haven't seen a Supermoon this close to earth since 1948 and we won't see it again until 2034.
 
McKay also points out, the moon will be closer to the earth before 2034, it just won't be a full moon, and it must be full to qualify as a Supermoon.