Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

Posted December 03, 2017

NASA said that the January 31 super moon will have a moon total eclipse, visible from the west of North America through the Pacific Ocean up to the east of Asia. That's because December's full moon is 2017's only supermoon.

A supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon.

According to Michael Nicholas, Public Observer Director of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the moon will cope a distance of 222,135km from the ground today. The point farthest away from the Earth is called apogee. That means during each month the moon is sometimes passing closer to the earth than others. My definition is stricter: There's only one supermoon in a given year, reserved for the full moon with the biggest apparent size. According to MSN, the best time to view the supermoon is when the moon is sitting on the horizon, right after the moonrise and before the sunrise. This makes the moon to appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night. If you want to celebrate the year's most super supermoon as a holiday for moongazers, I don't see anything wrong with that. NASA officials said the second supermoon is coming on New Year's Day.

Rajshree Patange  Dec 03 2017 10:00 AM   Environment
Rajshree Patange Dec 03 2017 10:00 AM Environment

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

Or, you know-you could just look out your window. Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing. 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 is also believed to have an impact on the Earth's waters.

Nichols says that despite the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, it is not as grand as it appears. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".