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PHOTOS: Supermoon and meteor showers light up the night sky

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Photo Courtesy: Bob Majeres Photo Courtesy: Bob Majeres
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

Sunday night a "supermoon" occurred with the moon being at its closest point to Earth since January of 1948.

As a result the full moon appeared a little bigger and brighter than it normally does.

The elliptical shape of the moon's orbit around Earth is the cause of it sometimes appearing larger or smaller.

The clear skies in Siouxland made for ideal viewing conditions.

Also occurring now are the Northern Taurid and Leonid meteor showers.

The Northern Taurids peaked on Friday and a few viewers reported seeing some that night.

The Leonids peak this coming Thursday night.

The brightness of the supermoon means that better viewing conditions for the meteor showers will be closer to Wednesday night when the full moon has faded.

The good news is that we will still have clear skies then!

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