Thursday, 14 December, 2017

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

Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is Happening. Here's When to View It
Devin Neal | 03 December, 2017, 01:18

Another term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy", with syzygy describing the alignment of the moon, Earth, and sun in a straight line.

An airplane flies past the moon above Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

While scientists argue about the influence of the close passing of Earth's natural satellite for geophysical processes, the Moon is inexorably approaching and promises to be an interesting phenomenon for all the earthlings who are lucky enough to see this spectacle. "As the moon goes round the Earth, its distance from the Earth keeps changing", he said.

A Blue Moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month - which is rare, since full moons occur every 29.5 days, according to NASA.

It's hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky.

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon coincides with the lunar orb being particularly close to earth in its cycle.

Pakistani Government Calls in Army to Help Disperse Islamist Protesters
A mob attacked former Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan's house in Rawalpindi and broke the main gate of his house. At least one person was killed and over 200 injured after police moved in to break "blasphemy" protests. .

Monday's supermoon will appear about 14 per cent bigger than if it were at its farthest away point in its orbit and will shine up to 30 per cent brighter. This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet.

Going to miss Sunday's supermoon?

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the USA depending on your time zone.

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise).

While the supermoon can come out looking larger in photos (thanks to long lenses and editing) than it does when looking at it in person, Nichols says it is an incredible opportunity to get people interested in science and astronomy.

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