Is it a bird!? Is it a plane!? No, you idiot, it’s the moon and it’s going to be huge this weekend. Scientists call it “Pedigree Full Moon” but we like shouting SUPERMOON! much better. According to weather.com, the moon is going to be closer to Earth than it has been all year (only 211,823 miles–is it because we smell?), which will make it look 12-14% bigger than normal. Thanks to this ridiculous map from AccuWeather, we know exactly where we should be to look at the moon. If a third grader had drawn it we would hang it riiigghhttt on the fridge! Pretty impressive, graphics department. 

super moon viewing conditions

As you can see, Southern California and the South West is going to have the best conditions (mostly because the only weather they have there is raging fires and desert heat). The North West is going to be covered with clouds because the weather gods are mad at Kanye, Florida won’t even know a moon is in the sky and New England as well as some of the Mid-West  is going to be “mostly” clear. Don’t quote us on it though.

To celebrate this particularly romantic evening for some of the US while others are shrouded in clouds, we recommend trying to get away from any light pollution and find a comfy spot to lay down a blanket and watch the stars. To celebrate, here’s one of the most famous quotes about the moon, from It’s a Wonderful Life. Enjoy, you stargazers.

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Gabbi Ewing is a rising junior studying Journalism as well as Film & Television at NYU. She is a New Jersey native who enjoys traveling, writing, skiing, and swimming. She hopes to travel the world, but her next adventure is taking her to Sydney, Australia to study with NYU. She aspires to work for National Geographic or Discovery Channel and to use her film, photography and writing skills to help people experience new cultures and places that they don't have the opportunity to travel to themselves.

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