Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Sunday's supermoon will be biggest, brightest of the year

Sunday's supermoon will be biggest, brightest of the year

The December 3 phenomenon is classified as a "full moon" supermoon.

Although this is the first (and last) supermoon of 2017, two other supermoons will appear on January 1 2018 and Jan 31, 2018.

The first and last supermoon of the year is coming. Saturn's rings would offer a more interesting view than the Moon's craters, right? The moon will look bigger when it is near the horizon and framed with a building or object on the foreground.

December's Cold Moon will brighten up skies on December 3 when it comes closest to our planet - about 16,500 miles (27,000km) closer than usual. This is rare because as the Earth revolves around the sun, the moon's orientation to Earth stays mostly the same.

The supermoon on November 14, 2016 was at a distance of 221,526 miles.

Be sure to catch the only supermoon of 2017 and prepare for more in 2018 because this really is a "super" thing to watch with the entire family! The scientific term is "perigee syzygy". Additionally, some folktales note that if there is a snow storm during the Cold Full Moon, the snow will stop by the time the moon rises, which is good news for those who want to view the supermoon.

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If you do happen to miss the full moon this Sunday you will have two more opportunities next month. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky. That's because of an optical illusion that makes the moon look much larger to the human eye.

Have you ever glimpsed a supermoon without realizing what it was? 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 is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon.

The supermoon will appear in the Qatar sky on Sunday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said.

"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".

A full moon at perigee can be up to 14 percent larger in diameter than a full moon at apogee.

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