Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon
03 December, 2017, 01:21
The moon will not come this close to the earth again until 2034.
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.
It will shine up to 30 per cent brighter, not only because it's close to Earth, but also because Earth will be nearing its closest to the sun in early January. If you want to celebrate the year's most super supermoon as a holiday for moongazers, I don't see anything wrong with that.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has denied reports of supermoon sighting in Pakistan in a statement issued on Saturday by clearing that it would be full moon instead.
The first - and final - supermoon of 2017 will begin around 8 p.m. Sunday and reach its perigee at 3:45 a.m. Monday.
According to a press release issued by Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomers' Club Co-ordinator Dr A P Bhat, supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with a moon's perigee or a point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to earth.
This will mean that the on the night of the December 3 the moon will be seven per cent larger and 16 per cent brighter than usual.
The best times to see it, experts say, are right after sundown and just before sunrise the next day.
This weekend, sky-watchers can look forward to a phenomenon that hasn't yet graced the skies this year: a supermoon.
When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!
While this supermoon is 2017's one and only, 2018 will start with two in succession.
Expect a high in the upper 60s in most communities, but a few spots might briefly touch 70ºF or 71ºF before the sun sets. A storm will develop well off the East Coast by several hundred miles, therefore having no impact on our weather.
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