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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The brightest moon in almost 69 years will shine down on Earth this week.

Overnight, North Texas got a glimpse of the so-called “supermoon”.

A supermoon happens whenever the moon’s elliptical orbit reaches perigee, or a point closest to the Earth, at the same time there’s a full moon.

NASA scientists say our celestial neighbor appears 14-percent larger than what we normally see.

As for when you’ll have the best view of the supermoon in North Texas CBS 11 Storm Team Meteorologist Lisa Villegas said it might not be when you’d think. The best time to view it is early in the morning, versus when it first pops up at night.”

Villegas said with clear skies in the forecast for the next few days, the best time to see the supermoon is about 90 minutes before sunrise — or about 5:23 a.m.

The full moon has not been this close to earth since 1948. But the stronger gravitational pull is amplifying the seasonal “king tide,” and creating heightened flood risks in places like south Florida.

If you missed the supermoon you will have to wait until 2034 to see the next one!

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