Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

03 Декабря, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Rosa Wright
  • Фахівці розповіли коли можна буде спостерігати за супермісяць

It's not a guarantee that the moon will always be at its closest when it's a full moon; it was actually far closer on May 25, Space.com noted, but it was a new moon, not a full one.

This last full moon of the year is known as a Frost Moon, Cold Moon or Moon Before Yule.

It won't be quite as bright as the last supermoon on November 14, 2016, when the moon was closer to Earth than at any time in almost 69 years.

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.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth. "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.

Stargazers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of this year Sunday night.

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The only supermoon of the year is slated for December 3, 2017, at precisely 15:47 UTC, according to EarthSky.org.

"It is said that the moon appears larger because we compare it with terrestrial objects such as trees or buildings".

If you miss this year's supermoon, don't worry.

"When you look at it from near the horizon, there's an optical illusion", says Nichols. Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing.

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats! "Some people perceive the rising moon as twice as large...", said Paranjpye.

What's the difference between a supermoon and a Blue Moon?

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