Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon

Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon

Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon

That supermoon will also be the second full moon of the month, making it a "super blue moon".

It'll be almost full Saturday night with clear skies for viewing. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher.

Supermoon is the term given to the moon when it's two cycles around the earth match up. For the best possible view, the supermoon will reach its closest point to Earth and appear largest in the sky on Monday at 3:45 a.m.

The moon will be roughly 10,000 miles closer to Earth on Sunday evening, creating our first and only Supermoon of the year.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, told The Indian Express that the supermoon appears to be nearly 14 per cent larger and about 30 per cent brighter than the normal full moon, as seen from Earth.

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

The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle. A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at apogee. After that, there will be supermoons on January 2 and January 31, 2018.

This solar event will take place tomorrow night and it has also been noted that the supermoon will coincide with the lunar eclipse in September 2033 (a date for your diary now) as this only happens a couple of times in a person's lifetime.

If you're clouded out on Sunday, you can still get into the supermoon spirit on Sunday with streaming video from the Virtual Telescope Project or the Slooh online observatory. The celestial events will be visible on both January 2 and January 31, but those conclude the remainder of 2018's supermoons, so make them count.

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