The only supermoon of the year will appear this weekend

The only supermoon of the year will appear this weekend

The only supermoon of the year will appear this weekend

The second supermoon in January will also be a Blue Supermoon as it is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month.

It was not until 1979 that Astrologer Richard Nolle first invented the term supermoon. On that day, our satellite will be approaching the Earth very close to 358,400 kilometers, so the moon will be 7% larger and 16% brighter than an ordinary full moon.

Early next week, the fourth and final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky. You also have the option of seeing the moon live online via Europe's virtual telescope project.

The moon will be full at 10:47 am Sunday morning and will reach it's closest point to earth on Monday at 3:34 am.

At that distance, the Moon will be about 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at the farthest orbit from the Earth or call apogee, about 406,700 kilometers away.

The December full moon, even when its not a supermoon, is known as the cold moon.

At that moment, the moon will not be visible over most of North America. Gurtina Besla, a professor at the Arizona University, said that the phrase "perigee syzygy" refers to the moon being at its closest distance to the Earth, and syzygy refers to the alignment of multiple bodies - the moon, Earth and sun need to be aligned for us to see a full moon. The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot. The best time to view the supermoon will be just after sunrise on December 4th. And because there are concerns over time that a super-moon can "trigger" natural disasters, NASA scientists and others who have studied the issue do not confirm these phobias.

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