Full moon supermoon to appear on Sunday

Full moon supermoon to appear on Sunday

Full moon supermoon to appear on Sunday

The full moon coming up on December 3 is the Cold Moon or the Moon Before Yule. But what is a supermoon? However, that's not necessarily the best time to see it. National Geographic reported that the best time to view this bright beauty is right after sunset on december 3 when the Full Cold Moon rises.

This particular supermoon will be 17 percent brighter and seven percent larger than a typical full moon. And it's the first of three full moon supermoons in succession - of which one will be both a blue moon and an eclipse!

The moonrise will appear at similar times across the United Kingdom, with just a few minute differences from the north to the south.

In its orbit around Earth, the moon will be closest to us at 4 a.m. Monday morning at a distance of 222,443 miles. In order to be classified as a supermoon the Moon must come within 224,936 miles of Earth, which is within 10% of the closest distance the Moon comes to Earth in its orbit.

That puts the moon almost 26,000 miles (41,842 kilometres) closer to Earth on Sunday than usual.

This occurs when the moon is full and at perigee simultaneously. This is what planets would look like if they were at the distance of the moon. In fact, over many years, the moon's orientation is slightly shifted by its precession.

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Last year's supermoon saw the closest lunar approach in 69 years, but unfortunately the moon will not creep this close again until 2034. 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.

"The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 405,500 km from Earth on average". 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.

An unprecedented display of astronomical showmanship will light up the night sky this weekend when the supermoon approaches Earth.

The best time to view will be just after sunset on Sunday when an optical effect will cause the moon to appear bigger and brighter than when it is high in the sky, according to National Geographic.

Have you ever glimpsed a supermoon without realizing what it was?

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