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Remember that supermoon we ogled in November? According to Nasa, it was pretty rare: the moon was the closest it had been to Earth since 1948, and the closest it would be until 2034.
If you were a photographer, you broke out your camera and hiked out to a good vantage point. If you were just an art lover, you checked out November 2016 supermoon picture round ups like this one.
All in all, it was pretty spectacular. But if you missed it, we’ve got some good news.
December’s got a supermoon of its own—and it’s paired with a meteor shower.
This Wednesday, December 14th, the supermoon will rise at sunset and comes one day after the moon reaches perigree, aka “the point in its orbit closest to Earth.” The Old Farmer’s Almanac says this month’s full moon is the “Full Cold Moon,” or “Long Night’s Moon” thanks to its proximity to the chilly weather and winter solstice (December 21st if you’re wondering).
The almanac also has this cool informational video about the lunar phenomenon.
EarthSky tell us that the Geminid meteor shower is happening that same night—December 14th—and we can expect some truly awesome sights.
Although the full moon is usually a bad night to see a meteor shower (moonlight makes a meteor’s light difficult to spot), the Geminid meteors are particularly bright and just might rival the visibility of this month’s supermoon.
Says EarthSky, the meteors may “be few and far between at early evening, but [will] intensify in number as evening deepens into late night” and should peak around 2 a.m. You also might be able to spot them on the surrounding days, the 13th and 15th.
So what kind of views can you expect? Check out these supermoon shots and Geminid meteor photographs and just imagine the most amazing mash up you can.
🎶Drive me to the moon🎶 The moment the supermoon began to peak above the hill I screamed to my friend who agreed to pose on the hood of our Land Cruiser, "It's happening! It's actually happening! Act natural!" Witnessing such a rare scene like this unfold through my lens was only possible because of an amazing phone app called @PhotoPills. To photograph the supermoon rising behind our truck, everything had to be precisely aligned and planned ahead of time... the distance between me and the truck, my angle to where the moon would eventually rise, and even the trucks elevation relative to my lens, all had to be exact... @PhotoPills calculated where I had to stand, where the truck had to be, and what time the moon would rise above the hill based on our location in the Namib Desert. 😳 The window of time to capture this shot was so short and I'm super stoked that it worked out! Definitely check out the link in my bio for more info about the app and their website, which has pretty good tutorials on how plan shots like this. 🌝 The next supermoon is December 14th! Get planning! For those who might be wondering, this photo was shot on a canon 5D III with a Sigma 150-500mm at 500mm, 1/125s, f/9, and ISO 2000 using a tripod.
Are you guys ready for the Geminid meteor shower? 🌌(December 4-16) Cause I'm 👌🏻 📷Photo by: @flawvius #nikonphotography #milkywaychasers #nightsky #beach #milkyway #universe #geminids #astronomy #astrophotography #geminidsmeteorshower #space #galaxy #stars🌟 #shootingstars #sky #wonderful_places #monolake #california #nature_perfection #wild #nature #lake
Yeah, it’s gonna be pretty gorgeous. This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com.