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Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

03 December, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • 2017 supermoon Watch out for bigger and brighter moon tonight

It'll be a site to see on Sunday night when the full moon comes out as it'll be our only Supermoon of 2017. Some people call the second full Moon in a month a Blue Moon, that makes it a super "blue Moon.' Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average".

A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

At different stages in the moon's orbit around the earth it will be closer to us or further away.

Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a ideal circle.

According to National Geographic, this will be the fourth supermoon of the year; however it is the only one we will be able to see with the naked eye due to its close proximity to earth. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher.

The best time to see the moon at its most stunning will be in the early evening as the moon rises and as it sets in the early morning.

Tomorrow will mark the closest the moon will orbit to the earth all year round and will appear bigger and brighter than usual.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.

The final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky this weekend. This effect is termed as "moon illusion".

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise). Some people, Joseph said, might not notice anything or just assume it's like any other full moon.

If you miss the first viewing, another good time to sneak a peek is when the supermoon reaches its peak at 4 a.m. on December 4.

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7% larger moon may not look that much bigger. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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