First (and last) supermoon of 2017 is coming

Lena Tucker
December 3, 2017

A supermoon is a full moon, but a full moon is not necessarily a supermoon. "Sometimes during the year we get an opportunity to see the full moon when it is at its closest point and that's what we'll be seeing on December 3". Supermoons occur when the moon is as close as it can be to the Earth while it's also a full moon-which happens at the time of the month when the sun and the moon line up with Earth in between them. The idea merely reflects the fact that the moon's apparent size varies depending on how close it gets in its elliptical orbit around Earth. There are times, then, that the moon is particularly close to the Earth. "The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles". That means during each month the moon is sometimes passing closer to the earth than others. It is anticipated that it will be within 222,443 miles from our planet at 4 pm on December 4.

Astronomers say the best time to check it out is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

Earlier in November a year ago, PMD announced sighting of a full moon in the country that was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon because of its closest distance from the earth. The moon will still be impressive Sunday night, but clouds will be increasing which might disrupt the view.

Supermoon Sightings From Around The World
Supermoon Sightings From Around The World Joseph Kaczmarek AP

An airplane flies past the moon above Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. NASA officials said the second supermoon is coming on New Year's Day.

Just to be clear, the supermoon is only the moon-there will be no eclipse and no colors. Even more so if it's a supermoon. "Some people perceive the rising moon as twice as large...", said Paranjpye.

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