Super "Frost" moon this weekend

Kai Schreiber  CC BY-SA 2.0        The so-called “supermoon” will rise high in the sky as our Moon’s elliptical-shaped orbit comes close to Earth

It's worth noting that a supermoon technically occurs during a new moon, too, but that phenomenon usually isn't referred to as a supermoon since new moons are not visible in the night sky.

According to www.nasa.gov, "A supermoon is a moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth".

Because of the moon's extra-close approach to Earth, it will appear about 14 per cent bigger than if it were at its farthest away point in its orbit. That means that this will be a Super Frost Moon!

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere. 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 not come this close to the earth again until 2034.




The last full moon of 2017 is happening this weekend and will be the biggest and brightest of 2017! Its distance from Earth would be 3,57,983 km.

For the Supermoon can be observed on 3 December from 19:00 Kyiv time. NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31.

Just to be clear, the supermoon is only the moon-there will be no eclipse and no colors.

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. 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.

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