Monday, 11 December, 2017

Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

The 2017 supermoon How to see it and get the best The 2017 supermoon How to see it and get the best
Charlie Simmons | 03 December, 2017, 01:44

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. A supermoon only occurs when a full moon coincidentally falls during the period when the moon is the closest distance from Earth during its orbit. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher. The moon will be a little over 222,000 miles away from the earth at that time.

The people of Ukraine will be able to observe in the night sky the lunar disk, which will appear larger and brighter than usual.

On Sunday, the moon will shine brighter and appear larger than it has all year. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the US depending on your time zone. The Dec. 3 Full Cold Moon will be 2017's only "supermoon". Supermoons happen when a full moon is closest to earth in its orbit.

But the astronomer warned that as use of the nickname "supermoon" grows, so do expectations.

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An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right). Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing. It appears the biggest and brightest during this time because of a "moon illusion" effect, which is created when you're able to compare the moon to other objects for scale.

It'll be full again on Sunday night, but you'll have to be more patient trying to get a good look at it. "Supermoons aren't rare, but they're not an everyday occurrence either".

If you want to watch the supermoon from the comfort of your bed, there are at least two live stream options. "Still, it's a great excuse to just go out and look at the sky", says Nichols.

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