2017 supermoon rises this weekend

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Weather permitting, the only full supermoon of 2017 can be seen in the night sky on Sunday, Dec. 3.

When the Moon is on its full moon stage but this stage coincides with its closest point in proximity in its orbit around the Earth, it is called a "super moon.' Since the Moon is elyptical, one of its sides is 50,000 kilometers farther from the Earth than the other".

Rare sighting of the first and last supermoon of the year will be observed today all over the world including Pakistan. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

The best time to catch the full supermoon is just after sunset, when an optical illusion known as the moon illusion makes it appear much larger and brighter than when it is higher in the sky. The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth. "It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon'".

This year's supermoon will be visible Sunday evening and will reach its peak around 2:45 a.m. (CST) Monday morning.


The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

It'll be a site to see on Sunday night when the full moon comes out as it'll be our only Supermoon of 2017. You can also watch a livestream from the Virtual Telescope Project.

The Jan. 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, which will cause the moon to take on a reddish hue, making it a "blood moon".

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