Don't miss this year's first and last supermoon

The 2017 supermoon How to see it and get the best

A supermoon is when the full moon occurs at the perigee (closest point) of the lunar orbit.

For sky watchers in the United States, the full moon begins at 10:46 a.m. ET on December 3. "This is when, weather permitting, it will appear at its clearest and brightest".

Tides are enhanced when Earth is at perihelion (the closest point in its orbit to the sun) and the moon is at perigee, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

It can be tough to snap a good shot of the moon, but equipment like a telephoto lens or an adaptor on a small telescope helps, Faherty said.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a flawless circle, meaning the distance between the two bodies grows and shrinks as the lunar planet plods eternal laps around us.

This Sunday is your chance to get up close and personal with the Moon.

The only supermoon of 2017 will appear in a sky near you Sunday night. weather permitting. There will be another supermoon on January 2, 2018. The Jan. 1 full moon will rise at 5:33 p.m., and the Jan. 31 full moon will rise at 6:28 p.m.

And Sunday's supermoon marks the closest the lunar orb will come to our planet this year, just under 222,500 miles away.

However, December's full moon is the only visible supermoon. Kerss also mentioned that looking directly at the Cold Moon this weekend, using the naked eye or even binoculars, is perfectly fine.

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge.

Nichols says that despite the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, it is not as grand as it appears.

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7% larger moon may not look that much bigger.



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