Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

You also can catch the supermoon online at a free webcast from the Virtual Telescope Project starting at 16:00 UT on December 3.

The moon will look a little bigger and brighter than usual this weekend. It is what astronomers call a perigean full moon, or a full moon when it is at its closest point in orbit around Earth, according to NASA.

Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!
Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

Nolle said that a supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee, in a given orbit.

Those who miss out to view the supermoon in person can catch up with the sighting as the astronomical spectacle will be live streamed by robotic telescope service (Slooh).

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Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a flawless circle. However, in the USA, only folks in Seattle and Alaska will get to see the occultation.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.

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

"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", says Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA headquarters. Since it is the second full moon of the month, it will also be a "blue moon", which only happens every two and a half years on average. That means that this will be a Super Frost Moon!

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We have had a year full of spectacular celestial events in 2017, from conjunctions of planets to dazzling meteor showers. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

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