Super moon to be seen on Sunday night

Super moon to be seen on Sunday night

The moon will appear to be about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. The weather in West Michigan looks to cooperate with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.

Also, because it's the last full moon of the year, it's called a "Frost" moon, or "Cold" moon.

Astronomers say the best time to check it out is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

On Sunday, the moon will shine brighter and appear larger than it has all year.

Nolle said that a supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee, in a given orbit.

"The moon's orbit is not a ideal circle. The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles".

THE last full moon of this year, on Sunday, December 3, will be a supermoon - a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth, which makes Earth's natural satellite appear bigger and brighter.

In December, the moon will be closest to the Earth on December 4 at 2.15 pm (IST), when it will be 3,57, 492 km away from Earth.

Supermoons are squishy because there's no official astronomical definition of the term.

Super moon to be seen on Sunday night

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.

"When you look at it from near the horizon, there's an optical illusion", says Nichols. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you'll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb".

The moon is nearly full Saturday night and will be full Sunday.

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

For those using DSLR cameras, Ingalls recommends using another subject in the image, like a person, pet or landmark to compare to the size of the moon.

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