Super Frost Moon Lights Up the Sky This Weekend

Super Frost Moon Lights Up the Sky This Weekend

That combination will make the moon seem about 14 percent larger in diameter than usual this weekend, NASA said.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon.

The moon will be visible to see on Sunday after 5 p.m. when it begins to rise, however, it won't officially be a Supermoon until it is at its closest point to Earth, which will be at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday.

Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a ideal circle. Hence, for those in the Northern hemisphere, it is a cold supermoon.

It's been a year since the visible supermoon was sitting in the night sky, and now the first, and last, supermoon of 2017 is happening Sunday night.

Supermoon Sightings From Around The World
Supermoon Sightings From Around The World Joseph Kaczmarek AP

But the astronomer warned that as use of the nickname "supermoon" grows, so do expectations.

For the Supermoon can be observed on 3 December from 19:00 Kyiv time.

When the supermoon is viewed low on the horizon, it appears huge. "As the moon goes round the Earth, its distance from the Earth keeps changing", he said. Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon. This effect is termed as "moon illusion".

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month. At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is. Some people, Joseph said, might not notice anything or just assume it's like any other full moon. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7% larger moon may not look that much bigger. "Supermoons aren't rare, but they're not an everyday occurrence either".

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