Supermoon 2017: Here's how to watch it

Audrey Hill
December 3, 2017

"The farther side, is called 'apogee" and the closer side, is called 'perigee.' The full moons with a closest perigee seem to be approximately 14 percent bigger, and 30 percent more brillant, but close to the apogee in the moon's orbit.

This weekend, sky-watchers can look forward to a phenomenon that hasn't yet graced the skies this year: a supermoon.

In December, the moon will be closest to the Earth on December 4 at 2.15 pm (IST), when it will be 3,57, 492 km away from Earth. This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet. The weather in West Michigan looks to cooperate with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. It is what astronomers call a perigean full moon, or a full moon when it is at its closest point in orbit around Earth, according to NASA.

This year's will occur Sunday, Dec. 3.

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Though this event is actually the fourth supermoon of 2017, the first three were not visible to the naked eye because they occurred during a new moon, when the darkened face of the moon is facing Earth.

The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle. That kind of full moon won't be seen again from Earth until 2034, according to NASA. You can also watch a livestream from the Virtual Telescope Project.

A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon.

While this supermoon is 2017's one and only, 2018 will start with two in succession. But any time you catch a full Moon as it rises or sets, while it's suspended low on the horizon beaming through the silhouettes of trees or buildings, its apparent size might make you do a double-take.

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