Sunday's supermoon will be biggest and brightest full moon this year

01 December, 2017, 06:22 | Author: Archie Newman
  • Another Supermoon on the way this weekend	 	 	 			Super Moon from Vicksburg. 8:10pm 11/13/16 Tim Rigterink

But that doesn't mean Sunday's view won't still be spectacular. At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is.

Perigee defines the closest point in the moon's orbit around the Earth, and the Supermoon will reach this spot at 3:45 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 4.

"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".

This phenomenon can also cause physical effects on Earth.

What Makes a Supermoon Super?

The astronomical term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy".

A supermoon usually occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit and this time sky gazers will see the moon at approximately 16,500 miles (26,500 km) closer than usual. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon.

The exact moment of the full moon is the morning of December 3 at 10:46 a.m. ET, (9:46 a.m. CT, 8:46 a.m. MT, and 6:46 a.m. PT), Space.com said.

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There are plenty of places around the USA where you can enjoy the Supermoon as long as the sky is clear, even if just for a minute.

Clear skies are forecast across much of the eastern USA, except for New England and around the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said.

"Portions of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic may also have good viewing conditions, but that will depend on how quickly a weather system moving through departs those regions this weekend", Dolce said on Weather.com.

Make sure to look up on Sunday night to catch the only supermoon of 2017.

When is the next supermoon?

If you miss the massive lunar spectacle on December 3, you won't have to wait long for the next supermoon to appear.

Compared to 2016, when the year ended with three consecutive Supermoons in the months of October, November, and December - 2017 might feel a bit anticlimactic.

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