Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

by Edgar Hayes December 3, 2017, 0:37
Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

By some measures, Sunday night's full moon is the only supermoon of 2017. When the moon is passing close to the earth, is is called "perigee". When this happened past year, the moon appeared up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. "This is because the moon revolves round the Earth in an elliptical orbit".

There has been other reported times this year where the moon has been closer to Earth, however it wasn't considered a Supermoon because it didn't land on a day where it was a full moon. But for not-so-close observers?

Though this will be the fourth supermoon of 2017, the previous three were not visible because they coincided with new moons.

Fortunately, Tyson's word isn't gospel, whether we're talking about supermoons, dwarf planets or adjectives vs. nouns.

You'll be able to watch the supermoon starting on Sunday Dec. 3.

CT residents will have their eyes peeled to the sky Sunday night as the "supermoon" makes its only appearance in 2017. But the supermoon that took place exactly a month before that was much more notable - it was the closest supermoon to Earth since January 1948.

If you miss this year's supermoon, don't worry. But any time you catch a full Moon as it rises or sets, while it's suspended low on the horizon beaming through the silhouettes of trees or buildings, its apparent size might make you do a double-take.

If you're clouded out on Sunday, you can still get into the supermoon spirit on Sunday with streaming video from the Virtual Telescope Project or the Slooh online observatory. That'll be a super moon, even by Neil deGrasse Tyson's standards.


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