Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

Vancouverites were privy to a number of spectacular astral displays this year, including the total solar eclipse back in August. If the weather does not permit, the Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast a live stream of the only supermoon of 2017 rising over Rom at 11 a.m. ET.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon. During its orbit, the moon passes through two points: Perigee and apogee.

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.

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The exact moment of the full moon is the morning of December 3 at 10:46 a.m. ET, (9:46 a.m. CT, 8:46 a.m. MT, and 6:46 a.m. PT), Space.com said. While the full moon rises about once per month, supermoons can only occur a few times per year - max.

Wellington: In New Zealand's capital Wellington city, the full moon will be observed at 4:46 am local time on December 4. In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye.

Guess what: It's supermoon time!

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The moon will also appear to be a bit bigger due to its closeness to Earth.

"To the untrained eye, the Moon will look no different", Faherty told Business Insider in an email. "The moon will appear 13% bigger and 30% brighter and the distance will reduce to 457,000 km between the earth and the moon". Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well. While it makes for good photos, the effect can be replicated during other phases of the moon.

And if you can get near water, the reflection of the lunar light will make the phenomenon even more dramatic.

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December's full moon is typically called the "cold moon" as we begin to see arctic outbreaks across the Northern Hemisphere.

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