Supermoon arrives Sunday evening

Terry Joseph
December 3, 2017

The moon will be roughly 10,000 miles closer to Earth on Sunday evening, creating our first and only Supermoon of the year. At its closest, it looks 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than it does at its farthest.

A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon.

It's hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky. In fact, the supermoon slated for January 31, 2018, will be both, making it a Super Blue Moon. You nearly feel as though you could reach out, grab the glowing orb, and drop it into your coffee cup.

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The previous sighting to the supermoon was observed back in 2016, which was the first since 1948’s sightings.

The moon makes an elliptical orbit around Earth once every 27 days, while a full moon happens once every 29.5 days.

Supermoon arrives Sunday evening

Another term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy", with syzygy describing the alignment of the moon, Earth, and sun in a straight line.

"The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset". The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the US depending on your time zone. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

The difference is noticeable for close observers - particularly if the moon is near the horizon, where it can be compared with terrestrial landmarks. Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called 'blood Moons'.

Astronomers say the best time to check it out is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

A supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at or near the point where the moon reaches perigee. That kind of full moon won't be seen again from Earth until 2034, according to NASA. Heed your calendar reminders.

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