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2017 supermoon: Watch out for bigger and brighter moon tonight

December 3, Will Be A Supermoon, A Phenomenon That Occurs When The Moon Is Closest To The Earth.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Himani Garg | Updated on: 03 Dec 2017, 08:55:39 AM
2017 supermoon: Watch out for bigger and brighter moon tonight (Source: NASA)

New Delhi:

Skygazers got another reason to rejoice on Sunday night as they will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017, when the moon will shine 16% brighter and appear 7% larger than its usual size.

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

The December 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons, including a lunar eclipse. The other supermoons will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018 in the 'supermoon trilogy'.

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The best time to watch this supermoon is when it is rising, as a rising moon appears larger than when it is well above the horizon. This effect is termed as ‘moon illusion’.

So get ready to set your eyes glued to the sky and embrace the beauty of the moon.

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First Published : 03 Dec 2017, 08:55:15 AM