Don't miss this year's first and last supermoon

December Full 'Cold Moon,' First and Only Supermoon of 2017, to Be Visible Sunday Night

While last year's super supermoon was the closest to the planet since 1948, this month's full moon will still veer 16,500 miles (26,500 kilometers) closer to us than usual.

According to NASA, supermoons happen when the moon is full at the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth, also known as the moon's perigee. On November 14, 2016, the moon was closer to Earth than at any time in nearly 69 years. It will appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal.

The exact moment of the full moon is the morning of December 3 at 10:46 a.m. ET, (9:46 a.m. CT, 8:46 a.m. MT, and 6:46 a.m. PT), Space.com said.

When the splendid full moon rises this weekend, she'll look a bit bigger and brighter than usual. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon.

December Full 'Cold Moon,' First and Only Supermoon of 2017, to Be Visible Sunday Night
How to watch the only visible “supermoon” of 2017 this weekend

In order to see the moon most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view.

Still, don't sleep on the supermoon expected Sunday: It's the only one we'll see for all of 2017.

On Sunday, 2017's only visible supermoon - also being coined the Cold Moon - will be present for all to enjoy. The moon will reach its perigee when it will be at a distance of 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) from earth on December 4 at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT, 2.15 IST).

It might seem pretty tough for the galaxy to top the solar eclipse from earlier this year, but get ready, because the December supermoon might do just that- and you won't need a special pair of glasses to view it.


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