Get ready for your only chance this year to see a supermoon

The rising supermoon is seen behind a statue on top of the Natural History Museum in Vienna Austria

To take a picture of the supermoon with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera's focus.

Stargazers are buckling up for the upcoming supermoon of 2017. According to scientists, it will be large enough to warrant a super early wake-up call to check it out.

"To the untrained eye, the Moon will look no different", Faherty told Business Insider in an email.

The 2016 supermoon as seen from Cordoba  Spain.   Associated Press
The 2016 supermoon as seen from Cordoba Spain. Associated Press

A supermoon occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and a full or new moon aligns with the sun's lunar orb.

Perigee defines the closest point in the moon's orbit around the Earth, and the Supermoon will reach this spot at 3:45 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 4.

This weekend's supermoon will be 222,761 miles from Earth, over 16,000 miles closer than its average 238,900 miles.

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The next time a full moon will appear that close: November 25, 2034. How big will it be?

It can be tough to snap a good shot of the moon, but equipment like a telephoto lens or an adaptor on a small telescope helps, Faherty said.

The supermoon may appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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Look to the rising moon Sunday night because it's going to be big - supermoon big.

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge.

"If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you'll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb".

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This supermoon won't be quite as special as last year's. Then adjust the exposure slider that appears next to your finger to get the right balance of light for your shot. He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object. The supermoon will still be great as it traverses the sky.

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