Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

03 December, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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That means that this will be a Super Frost Moon!

Rare natural phenomenon in the night of 4 December will be able to observe scientists and Amateur astronomers, the Moon will approach Earth at the closest distance for the last 6 years. 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. Far passes are called "apogee". It is anticipated that it will be within 222,443 miles from our planet at 4 pm on December 4. Time your viewing for just after local sunset, National Geographic suggests, when the "moon illusion" will make the orb look especially large and vibrant. The moon swings about 50,000 km closer to the earth during a perigee pass, so it makes the full moon appear bigger and brighter than usual!

The final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky this weekend.

December's supermoon can best be seen Saturday night.

"It is said that the moon appears larger because we compare it with terrestrial objects such as trees or buildings". NASA officials said the second supermoon is coming on New Year's Day.

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Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

Or, you know-you could just look out your window. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you.

A supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at or near the point where the moon reaches perigee.

A supermoon is also believed to have an impact on the Earth's waters. That'll be a super moon, even by Neil deGrasse Tyson's standards.

"The supermoon gets headlines because the moon's a little bigger and a little brighter, but people get frustrated that they can't always tell the difference".


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