Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3

The supermoon from November 2016


CT residents will have their eyes peeled to the sky Sunday night as the "supermoon" makes its only appearance in 2017.

Also called the cold moon, the solar spectacle occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon reaching the point in its orbit where it is closest to the earth. "Nearby perigee full moons appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that occur near apogee in the moon's orbit".

Astronomers say the best time to check it out is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

The day after the moon will be at its closest to earth in the month. This Sunday's supermoon will appear a little tiresome in comparison, only appearing seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter. At that point the moon will be 222,135 miles away from Earth - almost 16,000 miles closer than it usually is during the year, reported.

For the Supermoon can be observed on 3 December from 19:00 Kyiv time. The next supermoon will occur just after the new year on January 2. "It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon'".

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials had said that supermoon was seen 70 years ago however, the force of attraction was the strongest resulting in high tides than usual.

The Jan. 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, which will cause the moon to take on a reddish hue, making it a "blood moon". That's because December's full moon is 2017's only supermoon. One is offered by the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome.

Another term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy", with syzygy describing the alignment of the moon, Earth, and sun in a straight line.

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