Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

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Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

As if that weren't enough: This supermoon, the only one visible in 2017, is also a Super Frost Moon.

Rare natural phenomenon in the night of 4 December will be able to observe scientists and Amateur astronomers, the Moon will approach Earth at the closest distance for the last 6 years.

"The moon's orbit is not a circle, it's sort of an egg shape so sometimes it's further away and sometimes it's close to us", Head of Astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills Michael Narlock told WWJ Newsradio 950's Jason Scott. It makes the moon appear up to 14 percent lighter and 30 percent brighter.

But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night. 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. For people of the Northern hemisphere, the December full moon is called as a cold moon. This makes the moon to appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

The final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky this weekend. "It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon'". If you want to celebrate the year's most super supermoon as a holiday for moongazers, I don't see anything wrong with that. Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing.


Just to be clear, the supermoon is only the moon-there will be no eclipse and no colors.

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

If you miss the first viewing, another good time to sneak a peek is when the supermoon reaches its peak at 4 a.m. on December 4.

If you won't be able to witness the Supermoon on Sunday, don't worry because there will be a few more in the near future.

"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".

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