2017 Supermoon – What to Expect

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On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and inquisitive sky-watchers will find an opportunity to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017.

In November 2016, the moon attained a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen as 1948, producing a supersized supermoon. But on Sunday night, the moon will still glow 16% brighter and appear 7 percent bigger than its usual size.

the moon aligns with the sunlight’s lunar orb, this supermoon are the first from the collection of three successive full moon supermoons, another two to occur in January. While It’s been a year as a visible supermoon last lit up the skies, everyone in the world has an opportunity to marvel at this upcoming full moon.

Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon shortly after sunset and into moonrise, and moments before another sunrise too. But for those people who can’t wake up that early, the moon will still look larger — and brighter — during the night.

Based on Michelle Nichols, manager of people celebrating at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, there is a motive moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle – it is more like an oval. The gap in space between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles.”

The space between the moon and Earth constantly changes. Every time the moon orbits the Earth, every 29.5 days, it will reach a near point to the Earth (perigee), and also a much point (apogee), and sometimes, the close point “for this year’s final supermoon, the perigee distance will be roughly States),” says Nichols.

While it may seem super, the word “supermoon” really isn’t the official expression for the astronomical phenomenon. The scientific term is “perigee syzygy.” Perigee syzygy has happened three previous times in 2017. Yes, December’s full moon is the only observable supermoon because of the skies.

While the moon is unquestionably both bigger and brighter than normal, our eyes tend to trick us into seeing the moon as larger than it really is.  “If you look at it from close to the horizon, there is an optical illusion,”says Nichols.When The supermoon is seen low on the horizon, it seems enormous. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon has not grown; it’s a trick your eyes are playing on you. At this time, the moon also looks both bigger and brighter than it really is. This is also why both instances would be the best for viewing the supermoon.

Nichols says that despite the difference between a normal full moon along with a supermoon, it is not quite as grand as it seems. You stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the skies to the size of your thumb, you’ll notice the width of the entire moon in contrast to the dimensions of Your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb.” Considering that a complete moon could be coated with a fingernail, maybe a 7 percent bigger moon may not seem that much larger.