The sky was crystal clear over Western New York last night for what's called a Supermoon, but this Supermoon is extraordinarily special.  The moon was full and very bright and although you really couldn't tell, it's the closest the moon has been to Earth since 1948. 

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical, so there are times when it's further away and sometimes closer to Earth than on average.  A Supermoon happens about every 14 months or so when the moon is full and comes closest to Earth.  But this month from its average distance of 238,900 miles away, the moon is only 221,524 miles away.  That's the closest it's been in nearly 70 years.

To give you an idea how long that's been, 1948 is the last year the Cleveland Indians won the World Series.  The next time the moon will be this close will be November, 2034.

Because the moon is so close to Earth, it could cause higher ocean tides than normal.

Check out some photos of the Supermoon from across America.


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