Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Don't miss this year's first and last supermoon

Don't miss this year's first and last supermoon

The moon will definitely look brighter and larger, but unfortunately, it's not going to be as large as the November 2016 supermoon was. This will be the first and last supermoon of the year.

It might seem pretty tough for the galaxy to top the solar eclipse from earlier this year, but get ready, because the December supermoon might do just that- and you won't need a special pair of glasses to view it.

The Cold Moon won't actually reach the closest point to the Earth's surface until Monday morning, but Sunday night is when it will be at its most striking.

The best time for moon-watching will be just after sunset, when the moon is beginning to rise. The full moon won't come that close again until 2034.

Supermoons occur when a full moon happens during perigee, the point in its orbit when it's closest to Earth - the result can make the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons. The first two full moons of 2018 will both be supermoons - one on January 2 and a second on January 31.

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The distance between the moon and Earth constantly changes.

In fact, Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, predicts that many people won't even notice this weekend's supermoon.

The moon will be at its brightest above the borough at around 4:47pm.

Where can I see the supermoon?

The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here.

FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto says, because it's so close to Earth, a super full moon looks about 7 percent bigger and about 16 percent brighter than an average full moon.

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