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Supermoon 2017: Here's how to watch it

Supermoon 2017: Here's how to watch it

The best time to catch the full supermoon is just after sunset, when an optical illusion known as the moon illusion makes it appear much larger and brighter than when it is higher in the sky.

If you aren't able to observe this weekend's supermoon, don't worry: The new year kicks off with two supermoons straight from the gate. The weather in West Michigan looks to cooperate with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.

Though this will be the fourth supermoon of 2017, the previous three were not visible because they coincided with new moons. But that doesn't mean this weekend's supermoon won't be lovely - expect a full moon at least 7% bigger and 16% brighter than usual.

As explained by astronomers, the phenomenon of SUPERLINE is due to the fact that the full Moon, moving on an elliptical orbit, suitable as close to the Ground.

As it reaches fullness, the moon will also be making its closest approach to Earth around the same time, designating it a "supermoon". Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing.




While there is no formal definition of a supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee.

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

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. You can also watch a livestream from the Virtual Telescope Project.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.


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