Published: Вс, Декабря 03, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Residents get a glimpse of the 'supermoon' Sunday night

Residents get a glimpse of the 'supermoon' Sunday night

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

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.

Rare sighting of the first and last supermoon of the year will be observed today all over the world including Pakistan.

Tomorrow will mark the closest the moon will orbit to the earth all year round and will appear bigger and brighter than usual.

Though this event is actually the fourth supermoon of 2017, the first three were not visible to the naked eye because they occurred during a new moon, when the darkened face of the moon is facing Earth.

When's the best time to view the supermoon?

With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: "a 'super blue blood" Moon. Time your viewing for just after local sunset, National Geographic suggests, when the "moon illusion" will make the orb look especially large and vibrant.

This year's will occur Sunday, Dec. 3.

If you're unable to see the supermoon, you won't have to wait long for another opportunity.

In December, the moon will be closest to the Earth on December 4 at 2.15 pm (IST), when it will be 3,57, 492 km away from Earth. Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st.

Skywatchers and stargazers have three opportunities to see a supermoon between Sunday and January 31. The celestial events will be visible on both January 2 and January 31, but those conclude the remainder of 2018's supermoons, so make them count. One is offered by the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome.

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