How to see this year's only supermoon on Sunday

by Dominic Parks December 1, 2017, 6:25
How to see this year's only supermoon on Sunday

This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky.

Not only will the moon appear brighter and larger, but we will also see some of the biggest tides of the year (king tides).

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

Bigger and brighter than a typical full moon, the term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle.

Traditionally known as the Cold Moon, this supermoon is a December-only phenomenon and will appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

The perigee for this supermoon isn't the closest of the year; that happened on May 25, when the moon was 221,958 miles away from Earth. The Moon takes about 27.32 days to orbit Earth.

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The next full moon you're going to see will be absolutely extraordinary.

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In New York City, it will rise on Sunday at 4:59 p.m. local time and set on Monday morning at 7:50 a.m. (Find your local time here.) The best time for viewing is right around moonrise and moonset, when it is sitting on the horizon. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here. The moon will reach its perigee when it will be at a distance of 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) from earth on December 4 at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT, 2.15 IST). This changes where the Moon is in orbit during each full moon.

It can be tough to snap a good shot of the moon, but equipment like a telephoto lens or an adaptor on a small telescope helps, Faherty said.

For everyone waiting to catch a glimpse of the last supermoon of 2017, taking pictures to preserve the moment can be easy.

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon.


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