Tomorrow - We will see the supermoon for the first time in 2017
03 December, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Cecelia Webb
My definition is stricter: There's only one supermoon in a given year, reserved for the full moon with the biggest apparent size. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, will be residents the only chance this year to see the "supermoon".
The last full moon of 2017 will appear especially plump and vibrant in the night sky on Sunday (Monday NZ time). This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet. As a result, the moon appears to be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon.
According to a press release issued by Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomers' Club Co-ordinator Dr A P Bhat, supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with a moon's perigee or a point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to earth.
Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a ideal circle.
Skywatchers and stargazers have three opportunities to see a supermoon between Sunday and January 31.
There will be one on New Year's Day followed by another on January 31, which, according to NASA, will be a "super blue blood moon". You'll have another chance to see a supermoon on January 1, which marks the brightest full moon of 2018.
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