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Check out the only supermoon of 2017 this weekend

01 December 2017, 05:50 | Ross Houston

2017 Supermoon: Where To See, And What Time To Look For The Lunar Event

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

Though it will technically be the fourth supermoon of the year, none of the other three were visible as they came in the new moon phase, when the face of the moon shows black. The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot.

The next supermoon will take place on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

The perigee for this supermoon isn't the closest of the year; that happened on May 25, when the moon was 221,958 miles away from Earth. The moon's orbit around Earth isn't a flawless circle, which means that its distance to Earth changes as it goes around.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth.

The only supermoon of 2017 will appear in a sky near you Sunday night. weather permitting. How big will it be?

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

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, stated that Sunday would be the best day to view the Cold Moon. According to National Geographic, the supermoon will appear up to 16 percent brighter and seven percent larger than what it normally looks like.

Make sure to look up on Sunday night to catch the only supermoon of 2017. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here. The moon will appear about 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than average.

Last year, the moon was the closest its been since 1948.

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon. Then adjust the exposure slider that appears next to your finger to get the right balance of light for your shot. "Still, it's a great excuse to just go out and look at the sky", says Nichols. "It's a fun way to get involved in science".

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