Friday, 15 December, 2017

Mark Your Calendar for the 1st Full 'Supermoon' of 2017

Украинцы станут свидетелями суперлуния The event will be held on Sunday 3 December
Garry Little | 02 December, 2017, 00:20

Of course, while its popularly referred to as a supermoon, if you're speaking with a scientist they will likely refer to this event as "perigee syzygy", as this event involves the alignment of the Moon, Earth and Sun. In fact, it will be about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than a full moon that occurs when the moon is farthest away from Earth in its orbit. The only supermoon of 2017 - known as the Full Cold Moon - takes place December 3. Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well. The moon's elliptical orbit causes its distance from the Earth to vary by 30,000 miles.

"The moon's orbit is not a ideal circle". 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. The best time to view the moon will be just after sunset on December 3, according to Fortune, although the moon will technically be at the closest point to Earth around 4 a.m. EST on December 4. This is due to Earth's tilt in its rotation while it orbits the Sun. Each time the moon orbits the Earth, every 29.5 days, it will reach a close point to the Earth (perigee), and a far point (apogee), and occasionally, the close point will be close to the date of the full moon or new moon, a supermoon.

Stargazers are in for a spectacular treat since the supermoon has not approached Earth since November 14 2016. It's called a supermoon and it only happens once this year. The Moon will appear about 7% larger and up to 16% brighter than usual, so it will be tough to miss, even with a few clouds around.

If the cold weather proves too much to bear, you can retreat indoors and catch a glimpse of the supermoon rising over Rome's skyline via a livestream from the Virtual Telescope project.

During moonrise, "you will experience the optical illusion which makes the moon appear larger when viewed against the horizon", Faherty said. However, if you watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon, you can fully appreciate this rare moment in space and time.

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