Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

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Supermoon to light up the sky this weekend

Time your viewing for just after local sunset, National Geographic suggests, when the "moon illusion" will make the orb look especially large and vibrant. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, will be residents the only chance this year to see the "supermoon".

December's supermoon can best be seen Saturday night.

The moon will be visible to see on Sunday after 5 p.m. when it begins to rise, however, it won't officially be a Supermoon until it is at its closest point to Earth, which will be at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday.

THE last full moon of this year, on Sunday, December 3, will be a supermoon - a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth, which makes Earth's natural satellite appear bigger and brighter. This is quite a rare sight however and only occurs about one in every 14 full moons.

As it reaches fullness, the moon will also be making its closest approach to Earth around the same time, designating it a "supermoon".

Mark your calendars: a series of three supermoons will appear on the celestial stage on December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018. This means that during a full rotation of the Moon manages to pass as the furthest and closest point to our planet.

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.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In fact, the supermoon slated for January 31, 2018, will be both, making it a Super Blue Moon.

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