Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Supermoon - The largest and most impressive Moon of 2017

Supermoon - The largest and most impressive Moon of 2017

The Moon will be 357,973 kilometers from the Earth on this night and it will be slightly larger and brighter than normal, according to Dr Saran Posayachinda, executive director of the NARIT.

The astronomical term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy". The moon is distinguished by the cold moon and is one of only three full moons this year that comes close enough to the Earth to obtain full supermoon status.

The Biggest Moon of 2017 will be visible on Sunday 3rd of December, which will be the most impressive of all this year's full moon. When an average apogee occurs, the moon is furthest from the earth at a distance stretching to roughly 252,000 miles. Syzygy means when the sun, moon and earth fine tune and come in a straight line. The variations in apparent size and illumination amount to few percent but they can improve the already incredible sight of the full moon, making a supermoon worth looking up for. The moon will officially be at the closest point to Earth at 1AM PT / 4AM ET on December 4th, though it will look quite large starting the night of December 3.

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But according to earthsky.org, January will have two full supermoons, on the 2nd and the 31st. The big exception is spotting the moon just after sunset as the moon is beginning to rise in the sky. The moon is approximately 2, 38, 000 miles away from the earth, but on Monday, it will be 2, 22, 135 miles.

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