THE SUPERMOON IS HERE AGAIN, and every time, it’s a treat to see. So don’t miss it.


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What’s a “supermoon”?

“Supermoon”, is not an official astronomical term. Astronomers, according to Wikipedia, instead refer to it as “perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system”. While I appreciate the precise terminology, I think I’ll just stick with plain old “supermoon” for now. It gets the point across.

A supermoon occurs when:

  • The moon is full, and
  • The moon is at the point in its orbit where it is as close as it gets to us on its orbit around Earth (less than 360,000 kilometers or. 223,694 miles away).

This happens a few-ish times a year, but it’s really worth checking out whenever it happens, because supermoons appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than your average full moon.

In other words, you’d definitely notice it if you were out and about with a supermoon floating in the sky above you. It looks really big.

 

the Best Time To See and Photograph the Dec. 3rd Supermoon

The best time to view and photograph a supermoon is during, or just after, its rise, when it is still low on the horizon.

This way, you can see just how unusually big the moon appears in contrast to terrestrial objects like trees and buildings.

Click here to find your local moonrise time to best take advantage of your supermoon viewing experience.

WHERE I LIVE, MOONRISE WILL BE EARLY ON DECEMBER 3RD,  and I’ll definitely be taking advantage of the moon’s convenient timing by running outside in the cold with my small children for a very brief viewing.

Even if you just check it out for a minute or so, it’s worth seeing the beautiful, (relatively) unusual sight in your own night sky, Set an alarm on your phone so you don’t forget, or something.

 

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