One more supermoon for 2016 will light up the night sky so brightly, it may make another celestial event seem like a letdown.

The December 2016 supermoon will peak at the same time as the Geminid meteor shower this week, according to The moon will turn full at 7:05 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 13, making it very difficult to enjoy see the shooting stars in the sky, save for a few exceptionally bright ones.

The full moon will appear larger than usual for the third straight month, though not as big as last month's biggest and brightest supermoon in nearly 70 years. A supermoon, or perigee moon, occurs when the moon is at perigee (its closest point in orbit to Earth), and the sun is on the opposite side of the planet.

According to NASA, the Geminid meteor shower, which originates from the 3200 Phaethon comet, began activity on Dec. 4 but will reach its peak over Dec. 13-14, the same time as thesupermoon. As many as 120 meteors will occur per hour during the annual spectacle, but stargazers may not be able to see most of the action this year.

"Bright moonlight will reduce the visibility of faint meteors five to ten fold, transforming the usually fantastic Geminids into an astronomical footnote," the space agency said. "Sky watchers will be lucky to see a dozen Geminids per hour when the shower peaks."

In Syracuse, the moon will first be visible at 4:44 p.m. on Tuesday, before turning full at 7:06 p.m. near the constellation of Taurus, the Bull, which is near Orion. Stargazers are encouraged to look to the east with a foreground, such as buildings and trees, to make it appear larger.

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"Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything," NASA's senior photographer said last month. "Think of how to make the image creative--that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place."

According to the Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Geminids will peak around 7 p.m. ET, but the peak lasts 10 hours. The moon's brightness may make it difficult for counting meteors, but activity should be most visible near Gemini from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to the International Meteor Organization, and may still be seen after dawn breaks Wednesday morning.

Fans of shooting stars should note another meteor shower is coming this month. Patch reports the Ursids will peak Thursday, Dec. 22. The smaller shower is not as impressive as the Geminids, producing just 5 to 10 meteors an hour, but will be much more visible this year since the moon will be darker then.

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