Professional and amateur astrophotographers are out in force Monday, November 14, a special space date this year for Earth and its lunar companion.
That's when the moon zooms nearby to offer us a big, bright supermoon, a full moon that occurs when our lunar buddy is closer than usual. The phenomenon is caused by its elliptical orbit around the Earth.
The perigee of that orbit, which is when the moon is at its nearest point to Earth, is about 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) closer to our planet than the apogee, the farthest point in the orbit. A supermoon, also known as a perigee full moon, can be up to "14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon," according to NASA.
Though the moon is already past its absolute closest point, Monday night will continue to be a good viewing time for the supermoon.
This November's supermoon is the closest full moon of the century, so far. NASA calls it an "extra-super moon" and we won't get another one quite like it until 2034. The last quarter of 2016 is a bounty for supermoon fans, with October, November and December all sporting the phenomenon.
Clouds and light pollution can dampen the bright visuals of the supermoon, so here's hoping for clear nights for moon viewers around the world. This would be a great time to brush up on CNET's tips for photographing supermoons.
First published November 2, 11:36 a.m. PT.
Update, November 14 at 12:56 p.m. PT: Adds more details on timing and new art.