Sunday's supermoon will be biggest, brightest of the year

The supermoon rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan Nov. 14 2016

The supermoon rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan Nov. 14 2016

The resulting view makes the moon appear approximately 14-percent larger and about 30 percent brighter than usual.

The best time to see the supermoon will be at 08:45 GMT (03:45 EST) on December 4, at which point the moon will be just 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometres) away from Earth.

In London, the dazzling full moon will begin to rise at around 4.21pm, before setting the next morning at 8.15am.

The last full moon of 2017 will appear especially plump and vibrant in the night sky this weekend.

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On this day, the Earth's satellite will have the largest apparent size in 2017.

However, December's full moon is the only visible supermoon.

Watching a full moon rise in the evening sky is always spectacular, but the full moon this Sunday will be extra special. Other native American tribes called it the Long Nights Moon because it occurs close to the winter solstice, the shortest night of the year, The Old Farmer's Almanac explained.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon. There will also be a talk about looking for water on Mars, the moon and asteroids.

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For a supermoon to happen, these need to line up - something that will occur this Sunday.

On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and curious sky-watchers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017. Not only will it be a supermoon, it will also be a blue moon and there will be a partial lunar eclipse for us in the CSRA!

According to NASA, "supermoon" is not an astronomical term, so there's no official definition or guideline for how close the full moon has to be near the perigee in order to be deemed a "supermoon".

Due to the moon's elliptical orbit, the distance between the moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. Perigee is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than apogee. From my old view, when the moon was high in the sky outside of my window, it appeared that it was close enough that I could throw a lasso around it and pull it right into my apartment.

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When the moon is closest, the tide will be at its highest, and the same happens with a new or full moon. Two more Super Moons are coming up in January.

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