Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Tomorrow - We will see the supermoon for the first time in 2017

Tomorrow - We will see the supermoon for the first time in 2017

It'll be almost full Saturday night with clear skies for viewing. When the moon is full during the portion of its orbit that brings it closest to Earth, Space.com reports, a supermoon occurs. As a result, the moon appears to be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon.

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This Sunday's supermoon will appear a little tiresome in comparison, only appearing seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter.

According to Michael Nicholas, Public Observer Director of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the moon will cope a distance of 222,135km from the ground today.

The supermoon which was last seen on November 14, 2016 is set to re-appear tomorrow evening on December 3.

The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle.

A supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at or near the point where the moon reaches perigee.

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It is believed that for a moon to be considered a supermoon it must be within 226,000 miles from the earth.

An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right).

In the night of 4 December, the Moon will approach earth at a minimum distance for the first time in 6 years 362 thousand. One is offered by the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome.

Mark your calendars: a series of three supermoons will appear on the celestial stage on December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018.

A Blue Moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month - which is rare, since full moons occur every 29.5 days, according to NASA.

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