How to see this year's only supermoon on Sunday

Delia Watkins
December 1, 2017

But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night.

The full moon will be the first and last supermoon of 2017 and it's expected to be spectacular.

Sky watchers and photographers get ready!

Not only will the moon appear brighter and larger, but we will also see some of the biggest tides of the year (king tides). Specially, NASA describes the occurrence as a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, stated that Sunday would be the best day to view the Cold Moon.

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

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The only supermoon of 2017 will appear in a sky near you Sunday night. weather permitting. That also means that, one day, it reaches its closest point, and that day is December 3.

The moonrise on Sunday, Dec. 3, in Orlando will be at 6:40 p.m.at distance of 222,144 miles away. There will be another supermoon on January 2, 2018.

Some Native American tribes also call the December full moon the Long Nights Moon. Kerss also mentioned that looking directly at the Cold Moon this weekend, using the naked eye or even binoculars, is perfectly fine.

Wellington: In New Zealand's capital Wellington city, the full moon will be observed at 4:46 am local time on December 4.

It will shine a bright white in the sky and experts claim you won't need telescopes or special equipment to see it.

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge. The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot. During an occurrence, the full moon generally appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon.

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