The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is Happening. Here's When to View It

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At its closest, it looks 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than it does at its farthest. If you want to celebrate the year's most super supermoon as a holiday for moongazers, I don't see anything wrong with that. The moon will be a little over 222,000 miles away from the earth at that time.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, told The Indian Express that the supermoon appears to be nearly 14 per cent larger and about 30 per cent brighter than the normal full moon, as seen from Earth.

The finest time span to observe the supermoon is right after the moonrise and just before the sunrise, but the moon will stun throughout its voyage across the sky.

Supermoon is the term given to the moon when it's two cycles around the earth match up.

The final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky this weekend.

The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is Happening. Here's When to View It
The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is Happening. Here's When to View It

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. One is offered by the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome.

In the night of 4 December, the Moon will approach earth at a minimum distance for the first time in 6 years 362 thousand. That supermoon will also be the second full moon of the month, making it a "super blue moon". The other is exclusively for members of Slooh, and astronomically-inclined streaming outlet.

First of all, the January 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

The supermoon will also showcase the bigger size than average moon on the following days.

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