We'll see if the Supermoon can power through clouds

2017's Only Supermoon Is Happening This Weekend. Here's How to See it

The moon will appear roughly 7 percent larger and 13 percent brighter than a normal full moon.

It was not until 1979 that Astrologer Richard Nolle first invented the term supermoon. The moon is distinguished by the cold moon and is one of only three full moons this year that comes close enough to the Earth to obtain full supermoon status. On the other end, the apogee is when the moon is farthest away. The moon's average distance is 238,000 miles.

Thailand's National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) invites the people to watch the Moon on the night of December 3 when it will be at the nearest to the Earth and becomes Super Full Moon. Astronomers say the moon will appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter to many viewers around the world.




In the perimeter the Moon will be 357,492 kilometers away from the Earth, while at the time of the full moon a little more (357,987 km). At that point, the moon will be just 222,135 miles from Earth, almost 16,000 miles closer than it normally is throughout the year. Gurtina Besla, a professor at the Arizona University, said that the phrase "perigee syzygy" refers to the moon being at its closest distance to the Earth, and syzygy refers to the alignment of multiple bodies - the moon, Earth and sun need to be aligned for us to see a full moon. The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot.

The moon will actually be closest to Earth at 4 a.m. on Monday. Assuming skies are clear, the best view of the supermoon will be as it rises on the northeastern horizon at 5:34 pm Sunday evening.

But according to earthsky.org, January will have two full supermoons, on the 2nd and the 31st.

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