December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

05 December, 2017, 02:16 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw Myanmar Sunday Dec. 3 2017. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 2018

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The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec. 3, 2017. "About twice each year, a full moon lines up perfectly with the earth and sun such that earth's shadow totally blocks the sun's light, which would normally reflect off the moon".

Too busy to for moon viewing on Sunday?

The third supermoon was expected to be the most interesting, becoming a blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

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A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., December 3, 2017. " But no, it was really just the moon, at the apogee of its orbit around the Earth, creating a visual effect known as a supermoon". Sunday's moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

So, if you missed your chance last night, you won't have to wait too long. It appeared approximately 14 percent bigger than when it's at its furthest away from us. So most full moons occur at a point on the moon's orbit anywhere but perigee.

The supermoon sets behind the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo by astrophotographer Kwong Liew.



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