Get ready for your only chance this year to see a supermoon

01 December, 2017, 05:51 | Author: Becky Perry
  • It's big

Bigger and brighter than a typical full moon, the term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle.

In fact, Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, predicts that many people won't even notice this weekend's supermoon.

Stargazers who missed the December 3 supermoon will have two more opportunities in January and February to see the bright lunar phenomenon, according to NASA.

Guess what: It's supermoon time!

For everyone waiting to catch a glimpse of the last supermoon of 2017, taking pictures to preserve the moment can be easy. This is the year's first full moon that is a "supermoon" - when the moon is especially close to Earth. As luck would have it, supermoons that occur during the winter months in the northern hemisphere also look larger than supermoons during other times of the year.

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If you miss it, not to worry. This changes where the Moon is in orbit during each full moon.

Supermoons can appear to be up to 14% times larger and 30% brighter than your average moon.

The moon will be completely full on Sunday, December 3 at 3:45 a.m. EST, but will look full for a day before and after.

If the skies do end up under cloud cover, or you just don't feel like getting off the couch, the folks at the Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming the event. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon.

What's the best way to photograph the supermoon?

He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object. Then adjust the exposure slider that appears next to your finger to get the right balance of light for your shot. "Everyone will get that shot".

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