Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

The images appear to show a bizarre phenomenon on the Moon

YOUTUBE RICHIEFROMBOSTON DISTORTION The images appear to show a bizarre phenomenon on the Moon

There will be one on New Year's Day followed by another on January 31, which, according to NASA, will be a "super blue blood moon".

This last full moon of the year is known as a Frost Moon, Cold Moon or Moon Before Yule. A supermoon only occurs when a full moon coincidentally falls during the period when the moon is the closest distance from Earth during its orbit.

As explained by astronomers, the phenomenon of SUPERLINE is due to the fact that the full Moon, moving on an elliptical orbit, suitable as close to the Ground. "As the moon goes round the Earth, its distance from the Earth keeps changing", he said. It is anticipated that it will be within 222,443 miles from our planet at 4 pm on December 4. However, on Sunday night, the moon will still shine 16 percent brighter and appear 7 percent larger than its usual size. This makes the moon to appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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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. "It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon'".

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

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

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If you want to watch the supermoon from the comfort of your bed, there are at least two live stream options. This effect is termed as "moon illusion".

"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. At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is.

Will you be sky-watching on Monday night?

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"Just be careful", he said.

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