Supermoon lights up the sky

06 December, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • In pictures: Supermoon 2017

Supermoons appear bigger and brighter than an ordinary moon. When two full moons occur in the same month, the second is sometimes called a blue moon or, in this case, a super blue moon. As a result, the moon appears to be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon.

Sunday night at its perigee, the moon will be nearly 50,000 kilometers closer than at its apogee, or farthest point.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides.

The moon was brighter and appeared larger than its usual size.

Yesterday was the last supermoon of 2017.

"For this year's final supermoon, the perigee distance will be approximately 222,135 miles in the early morning hours of December 4 (in the United States)", says Nichols.


The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. That's when we see two full moons in one calendar month.

Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon.

The Supermoon, or Full Cold Moon, made its first and last appearance of 2017 on Sunday night. The same is true of mini-moons which are when the full moon occurs at or near lunar apogee.

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise).

But the moon will still be big and full in the coming days, if the pictures are making you regret having missed it, or you want to relive the sight.

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