DENVER — There will be two great reasons to look up to the sky on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning: A supermoon and a meteor shower.
The supermoon got a lot of attention in November, but it’ll also be bright and full on Tuesday night. NASA says this supermoon won’t be as close, but it will still be impressive. It is the third supermoon of 2016.
The term supermoon means the moon is closest to Earth at the same time it appears to be full from our vantage point. The combination of the two factors makes the moon up to 30 percent brighter.
Although a supermoon is great, it will make viewing the Geminid meteor shower a bit more difficult. The bright moonlight could reduce the visibility of the annual event.
NASA says at its peak, the shower lights up the night sky with more than 100 meteors per hour. They will start appearing around 9 p.m., but scientists say the best time to see the event will be during the predawn hours Wednesday.
For the best viewing, it’s recommended you get far away from the lights of the city where you can find an open sky because Geminid meteors come from all directions.
NASA said it will be hosting a chat on Twitter on Tuesday night with #askNASA for people to ask scientists questions until 1 a.m. MST Wednesday.
In case you don’t want to go outside or if it’s cloudy, you can watch a stream on Tuesday night.