A Supermoon will rise over Cincinnati this weekend

Marsha Scott
November 30, 2017

Each month's full moon holds its very own unique name.

It was not until 1979 that Astrologer Richard Nolle first invented the term supermoon.

A supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon's perigee- the point of orbit when the moon is closest to earth.

Of 2017's dozen full moons, Sunday's full moon is the only one that comes close enough to Earth to claim supermoon status. When an average apogee occurs, the moon is furthest from the earth at a distance stretching to roughly 252,000 miles.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a flawless circle, meaning the distance between the two bodies grows and shrinks as the lunar planet plods eternal laps around us.

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The December full moon, even when its not a supermoon, is known as the cold moon.

The moon will become totally full on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10:47 a.m., and will be visible in the New York City sky between Sunday night and Monday morning.

A supermoon can appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon.

The moon has to be no more than 363,711 km away from the Earth to be considered "super". There will be another supermoon on January 2, 2018. Because of this, the gravity of the Sun pulls the fang closer to the Earth. The best time to view the supermoon will be just after sunrise on December 4th. In this position, the moon looks larger and brighter than when it rises up in the sky, because when it is low, one can compare it with elements of the landscape (hills, buildings, etc.). The moon is approximately 2, 38, 000 miles away from the earth, but on Monday, it will be 2, 22, 135 miles.

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