Sunday, 10 December, 2017

The December 2017 supermoon

Watch: Glorious supermoon rises over Auckland Mumbai disappointed as clouds take the shine out of 'supermoon'
Theresa Hayes | 04 December, 2017, 16:08

A supermoon is a Full Moon when it is also at its closest point to the Earth on its orbit.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of Nehru Planetarium said, "The moon was supposed to start rising at 6.58 pm yesterday, but was covered in passing clouds so we couldn't see much".

In general the supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon.

Sunday's moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

If you missed the spectacular supermoon on Sunday, December 3 you will not have to wait long for a second instalment in the natural phenomenon as the next supermoon will happen on January 1, 2018. But in 2017, that was visible just once with the December full moon.

A supermoon is also called a cold moon or a full cold moon.

The moon rises in its waxing gibbous stage behind a statue atop the Erie County Court Building, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y.

The moon's distance from Earth ranges from 222,000 and 252,000 miles because its orbit is elliptical.

Whether it is was the prospect of standing outside in the cold weather, cloud cover, or your bad memory that meant you missed last night's supermoon then fear not.