A Supermoon will rise over Cincinnati this weekend

A Supermoon will rise over Cincinnati this weekend

A Supermoon will rise over Cincinnati this weekend

This supermoon will be a full moon, not a new moon, meaning it'll be big and bright for all to see. The word "supermoon" was coined by Richard Nolle, an astrologer, in 1979.

That's when the full moon roughly coincides with the point in its elliptical orbit that brings it closest to Earth, called perigee.

In case you aren't able to view the supermoon on December 3, know that you wouldn't have to wait for long to watch the next supermoon: in 2018, the first two full moons will also be supermoons!

The December full moon, even when its not a supermoon, is known as the cold moon.

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The exact moment of the full moon is the morning of December 3 at 10:46 a.m. ET, (9:46 a.m. CT, 8:46 a.m. MT, and 6:46 a.m. PT), Space.com said. It is a full moon which happens with the moon at or near its nearest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Supermoons could appear 14 percent larger than the moon does when it is its farthest from Earth.

At that moment, the moon will not be visible over most of North America. At that point, the moon will be just 222,135 miles from Earth, almost 16,000 miles closer than it normally is throughout the year. The shortest and most distant from the Earth (406.268 km) full moon of 2017 had occurred on June 9, near its peak. The big exception is spotting the moon just after sunset as the moon is beginning to rise in the sky.

At it's closest point, the moon will pass 222,135 miles from earth. And because there are concerns over time that a super-moon can "trigger" natural disasters, NASA scientists and others who have studied the issue do not confirm these phobias.

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