Super "Frost" moon this weekend

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

That combination will make the moon seem about 14 percent larger in diameter than usual this weekend, NASA said. This happens at the time of the month when both the sun and the moon line up with the earth between them. Nearby perigee full Moons appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than full Moons that occur near apogee in the Moon's orbit.

In December, the moon will be closest to the Earth on December 4 at 2.15 pm (IST), when it will be 3,57, 492 km away from Earth.

The super moon will officially occur at 3.47 pm in the United Kingdom on December 3, and experts say it should be visible wherever you are in South Yorkshire. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth.

Also, because it's the last full moon of the year, it's called a "Frost" moon, or "Cold" moon.

And even though the moon isn't completely full until Sunday, viewers won't notice a difference on Saturday night.

And while it may appear super, the term "supermoon" is not the official term for the astronomical phenomenon. It doesn't always correspond with a supermoon (though it did in December 2016).

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When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere. If you want to celebrate the year's most super supermoon as a holiday for moongazers, I don't see anything wrong with that. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you. It appears the biggest and brightest during this time because of a "moon illusion" effect, which is created when you're able to compare the moon to other objects for scale.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

It'll be full again on Sunday night, but you'll have to be more patient trying to get a good look at it.

"Just be careful", he said.

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