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Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

It won't be quite as bright as the last supermoon on November 14, 2016, when the moon was closer to Earth than at any time in almost 69 years.

This weekend, sky-watchers can look forward to a phenomenon that hasn't yet graced the skies this year: a supermoon.

02 de diciembre de 2017, 00:16Washington, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) A series of three supermoons will be soon be observed in the sky between December 3, January 1st and January 31, 2018, as announced by the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). When this happened previous year, the moon appeared up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

According to a press release issued by Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomers' Club Co-ordinator Dr A P Bhat, supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with a moon's perigee or a point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to earth. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

The supermoon which was last seen on November 14, 2016 is set to re-appear tomorrow evening on December 3.

While there is no formal definition of a supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee. NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31. You can also watch a livestream from the Virtual Telescope Project.

The supermoon will also showcase the bigger size than average moon on the following days.

Just to be clear, the supermoon is only the moon-there will be no eclipse and no colors. In fact, the supermoon slated for January 31, 2018, will be both, making it a Super Blue Moon.

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