Supermoon arrives Sunday evening

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.

Going to miss Sunday's 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).

Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a flawless circle. The moon swings about 50,000 km closer to the earth during a perigee pass, so it makes the full moon appear bigger and brighter than usual!

Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, told The Indian Express that the supermoon appears to be nearly 14 per cent larger and about 30 per cent brighter than the normal full moon, as seen from Earth.

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

Supermoon arrives Sunday evening
Supermoon arrives Sunday evening

Just to be clear, the supermoon is only the moon-there will be no eclipse and no colors.

The next supermoons are on January 2 and January 31, 2018.

The moon will be roughly 10,000 miles closer to Earth on Sunday evening, creating our first and only Supermoon of the year. This is quite a rare sight however and only occurs about one in every 14 full moons.

In the night of 4 December, the Moon will approach earth at a minimum distance for the first time in 6 years 362 thousand.

There is an option offered by the Italian-based Virtual Telescope Project, which consists of several robotic telescopes remotely accessible in real-time over the Internet.

  • Essie Rivera