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How To View The Upcoming 'supermoon ' On Dec. 3

How To View The Upcoming 'supermoon ' On Dec. 3

In 2016, the moon was the closest it had been to Earth since 1948.

Sky watchers patiently waiting for the moon to go big this year will finally be rewarded in a couple of days as the only supermoon of 2017 will finally appear on December 3.

The supermoon will begin to peak above the horizon in the dark afternoon hours on Sunday. the optimal time to see it is between moonrise and just before sunrise.

Not to be confused with a solar eclipse or a full moon, a supermoon is a rare type of full moon.

Why? The timing has to be just right.

For more details, check your local moonrise and moonset locations here.

Skygazers are set to be treated to a "full cold supermoon" this weekend. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, supermoons appear up to 14 percent larger, and up to 30 percent brighter, than regular full moons. This is what planets would look like if they were at the distance of the moon.

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Mr Tavernier added: "Full moons can occur at any point along the Moon's elliptical path, but when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee, it looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon".

"Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything", said NASA Senior Contract Photographer Bill Ingalls "Instead, think of how to make the image creative-that means tying it into some land-based object".

That puts the moon almost 26,000 miles (41,842 kilometres) closer to Earth on Sunday than usual. A full moon at apogee is sometimes called a micromoon.

A "supermoon" takes its name from the especially large appearance of the moon, which happens when a full moon happens at the same time when the moon reaches its perigee, the point in its orbit when closest to Earth. Because the moon's orbit is not a flawless circle, it's technically anywhere from 252,000 to 226,000 miles away from Earth, typically, according to Newsweek.

Of course, most of the time the full moon is somewhere between perigee and apogee, and the difference in appearance from one full moon to the next is slight.

"That's what the term "supermoon" refers to".


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