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How to get the best photo of the 'supermoon' - according to Nasa

By Jayde Pearson
Newsbeat reporter


On Monday night many people across the world will get to see the brightest moon since 1948, a phenomenon know as a "supermoon".

It won't be this close again until November 2034.

So you may want to get your phone out, or camera, and take a few snaps if it's not too cloudy.

If you're wondering how to take a great picture, Nasa has issued some top tips.

1. Include landmarks in the picture

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Putting something in the same frame, like a landmark, next to the other object will help the moon stand out.

2. Choose the location carefully

Find a location where you are able to see the moon and the object you have chosen to be in the photo.

3. Use people to bring it to life

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Using people can really help bring a photo to life you can create illusions of people holding the moon or kissing the moon.

4. Be creative

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Even if you don't live near an iconic landmark or have expensive equipment to get a great picture, be creative.

Use what you have even if it's just using the light from your camera to create light.

5. Use advanced DSLR techniques

If you are using a DSLR camera, daylight white balance is the best setting to capture the moonlight.

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You should keep in mind that the moon is a moving object.

It's a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realising that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster.

6. Use your smartphone

If you don't have a camera on hand you can still get great shots using your smartphone.

Here are the tips from Nasa.

Have some fun with panoramic shots.

Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object to lock the focus and then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.

And that all important weather forecast

Meteorologists say the best time to photograph the moon is when the moon is on the horizon, which is usually in the morning at around 5am.

On Monday there's lots of cloud around and unfortunately the cloud isn't going anywhere.

The Moon will peak this evening at its biggest at 16.44 GMT in London.

However, if you live in north-east Scotland near Aberdeen or Lossiemouth you will have the best view of the moon at 16.34 (GMT)

Tuesday is actually a better day for getting photos, although the moon will not be at its biggest in size.

The best views can be seen at around 6am in Newcastle and Humberside but you may get some good shots if you live in North Wales and Lincolnshire.

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