Supermoon 2017: Here's how to watch it

Herbert Rhodes
December 3, 2017

Based on the moon's rotation this month's full moon - which is also being called the Cold Moon - will be at its closest point to Earth, creating the Supermoon. But that doesn't mean this weekend's supermoon won't be lovely - expect a full moon at least 7% bigger and 16% brighter than usual. The next time the moon will come that close to the Earth will be on November 25, 2034.

A supermoon is larger and more luminous that an ordinary full moon.

A new moon is the first phase in the lunar cycle that occurs when the moon is in conjunction with the sun - but is not visible from Earth.

The moon is nearly full Saturday night and will be full Sunday.

The only supermoon of the year is slated for December 3, 2017, at precisely 15:47 UTC, according to EarthSky.org. This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet.

If you don't think you'll want to leave the comfort of your own home to view the celestial event, there will be two livestreams of the supermoon. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the USA depending on your time zone.

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However, December's full moon is the only visible supermoon.

Or, you know-you could just look out your window.

And this will be a particularly bright supermoon for the United States, thanks to the more intense sunlight that reflects off the moon in winter, NASA said.

A supermoon is also believed to have an impact on the Earth's waters.

"Often I find when the moon is near the horizon I have a better chance of incorporating it with a landmark or person, but there are no rules and sometimes a tall object such as the Washington Monument here in D.C. can be used when the moon is at a very high angle".

"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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