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2017's Only Supermoon Is Happening This Weekend. Here's How to See it

2017's Only Supermoon Is Happening This Weekend. Here's How to See it

"Perigee refers to the moon being at its closest distance to the Earth, and syzygy refers to the alignment of multiple bodies - the moon, Earth and sun need to be aligned for us to see a full moon".

That's when the full moon roughly coincides with the point in its elliptical orbit that brings it closest to Earth, called perigee.

The lunar event is actually the fourth supermoon of 2017, however, the first three were not visible to the naked eye because they occurred during a new moon (when the darkened face of the moon is facing Earth). You also have the option of seeing the moon live online via Europe's virtual telescope project.

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The December full moon, even when its not a supermoon, is known as the cold moon. Supermoons could appear 14 percent larger than the moon does when it is its farthest from Earth.

According to timeanddate.com, the moon will officially reach its fullest point at 8:46 a.m. MT this Sunday December 3.

The moon has to be no more than 363,711 km away from the Earth to be considered "super". The shortest and most distant from the Earth (406.268 km) full moon of 2017 had occurred on June 9, near its peak.

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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.

But according to earthsky.org, January will have two full supermoons, on the 2nd and the 31st. Assuming skies are clear, the best view of the supermoon will be as it rises on the northeastern horizon at 5:34 pm Sunday evening.

The moon will actually be closest to Earth at 4 a.m. on Monday.

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