Sunday, 17 December, 2017

First and only Supermoon of 2017 is this weekend

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Jeanne Townsend | 01 December, 2017, 06:23

Last year, the moon was the closest its been since 1948.

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

While the Moon's average distance is 238,000 miles from Earth, its orbit isn't perfectly circular.

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

The full supermoon won't technically hit the United States until Monday morning (12:45am PT, 3:45am ET), but most of the best moon photo ops happen around moonrise and moonset - that will be around 5pm ET on Saturday and 7:50am ET on Sunday. Supermoons occur when the moon is full and closer to Earth than normal. The moon will set at 6:10 am, half an hour after sunrise takes place at 5:41 am.

So when will you be able to see the supermoon?

Tides are enhanced when Earth is at perihelion (the closest point in its orbit to the sun) and the moon is at perigee, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

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Guess what: It's supermoon time!

Wellington: In New Zealand's capital Wellington city, the full moon will be observed at 4:46 am local time on December 4. Due to an effect called the Moon Illusion, it may appear bigger. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon. The moon will be 16 percent more luminous and 7 percent bigger than it normally appears, National Geographic revealed.

"Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus".

Do I need special glasses to watch the supermoon?

"Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure".

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance.

If you're taking pictures, please post them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #CNNWeather.

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