Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Udupi: Supermoon to brighten up night sky on December 2

Supermoon to brighten up skies on Sunday Supermoon to brighten up skies on Sunday
Theresa Hayes | 02 December, 2017, 21:08

Earlier in November previous year, PMD announced sighting of a full moon in the country that was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon because of its closest distance from the earth.

The full moon on Sunday night will be a supermoon and will be bigger and brighter than usual. When the moon is full during the portion of its orbit that brings it closest to Earth, Space.com reports, a supermoon occurs.

According to MSN, the best time to view the supermoon is when the moon is sitting on the horizon, right after the moonrise and before the sunrise. This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet. NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31.

The average distance between the moon and the earth is 3,84,000 km, but at perigee, it is 3,56,000 km and at apogee, it will be 4,06,300 km.

How can I see the supermoon?

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

While you likely won't be blown away if you look for the supermoon with your naked eye, National Geographic says you may see enhanced effects using cameras with telephoto lenses, binoculars or telescopes.

December's full moon will mark the beginning of a series of similar phenomena: the following two January's full moon will also be regarded as superlunary. My definition is stricter: There's only one supermoon in a given year, reserved for the full moon with the biggest apparent size.