Supermoon arrives Sunday evening

03 December, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Becky Perry
  • A supermoon is a moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth

The weather in West Michigan looks to cooperate with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. This is because it's a Supermoon, which is a full moon that's closer to the Earth than normal.

If you don't think you'll want to leave the comfort of your own home to view the celestial event, there will be two livestreams of the supermoon.

A supermoon can appear up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than when the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth. Even more so if it's a supermoon. This happens at the time of the month when both the sun and the moon line up with the earth between them.

The finest time span to observe the supermoon is right after the moonrise and just before the sunrise, but the moon will stun throughout its voyage across the sky.

The only supermoon of the year is slated for December 3, 2017, at precisely 15:47 UTC, according to EarthSky.org.

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You'll be able to watch the supermoon starting on Sunday Dec. 3.

It is believed that for a moon to be considered a supermoon it must be within 226,000 miles from the earth. NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31.

A Blue Moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month - which is rare, since full moons occur every 29.5 days, according to NASA.

In the night of 4 December, the Moon will approach earth at a minimum distance for the first time in 6 years 362 thousand.

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.

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