Mountain State skygazers, this is it.
A noteworthy cosmic opportunity is coming this weekend.
And there’s more good news since good conditions statewide will make it easier to view the rising supermoon.
Timing matters because this is the only one in 2017.
“It’s been a year since the visible supermoon last graced our skies, when the full moon was closest to the Earth.
But on Sunday, the supermoon will have an encore and swing approximately 16,500 miles closer than usual,” according to Quartz.com.
A supermoon is defined as a rare type of full moon.
It is both bigger (up to 14 percent) and brighter (as much as 30 percent) than a normal full moon.
Supermoons that occur during the winter months also tend to look larger than those during other times of the year.
There’s typically a full moon about once a month.
But supermoons only occur a few times per year.
Interested in getting a glimpse?
Weather forecasters have good news for you.
Meteorologists are predicting clear skies across West Virginia both Saturday and Sunday night.
Even in the mountains there shouldn’t be much cloudiness.
And overnight temperatures will be in the 30s.
“It’s looking pretty good just about everywhere in the state,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Kistner, who works in the agency’s Charleston office.
“And it looks like it is going to be a pretty awesome night for this kind of viewing.”
The best time to watch is right after moonrise, or just before sunrise.
It will appear its biggest and brightest then because of what’s called a moon illusion effect.
That’s created when it’s possible to compare it to other objects for scale, such as buildings or trees.